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This is a novel set in North Carolina when a dying writer returns to her family and causes disruption with the revelations in her private papers. The ...Show synopsisThis is a novel set in North Carolina when a dying writer returns to her family and causes disruption with the revelations in her private papers. The author has also written "In the Land of Dreamy Dreams", "Drunk with Love", "Victory Over Japan" and "The Annunciation".Hide synopsis
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Description:Like New. Great book! Clean pages, no spine creases & slight...Like New. Great book! Clean pages, no spine creases & slight edge wear on cover. From Publishers Weekly\nA writer with a distinctive voice and a considerable narrative gift, Gilchrist ( Victory over Japan, Falling Through Space ) devotes her second novel to Anna Hand, met earlier in a story in the collection titled Drunk with Love; most of the other characters here have also appeared in Gilchrist's previous books. Anna is a successful writer who is "very beautiful, very rich and very spoiled." She also considers herself very lucky, an unconscious irony that fails to take into account her doomed marriages, inconclusive affairs and aching unhappiness over her "empty troubled womb." When the novel begins, she is in bed with a lover; 12 and a half years later, having discovered she has cancer, she commits suicide. In between these two events we see Anna embracing life with passion and gusto, exercising her maternal instinct, her passion for meddling and her sexual appetite. Part II shows the family coming together for Anna's wake and Part III focuses on Anna's sister Helen, her literary executor, who achieves a liberating experience through Anna's papers. The Hand family springs to quirky life in Gilchrist's narrative, but the novel is disconcertingly uneven, largely due to the idiosyncracies of Gilchrist's prose style, in which pared-down simplicity sometimes becomes self-indulgent affectation. Yet Gilchrist excels in drawing the bonds of love and resentment in sexual and family relationships, and no one who encounters her charactershere or in her earlier workswill want to miss reading about them again. \nCopyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. \n\nFrom Library Journal\nGilchrist's second novel stars Anna Hand, a much-loved, often-divorced writer with terminal cancer who has appeared in an earlier story collection, Drunk with Love (Little, 1986). While Anna is not very likable, being self-absorbed, spoiled, and prone to manipulative over-involvement in the lives of her relatives, she is colorful and vital. Childless herself, she works hard to connect with two of her nieces, one pampered, the other unacknowledged by the family. When her illness becomes serious, she leaves lovers and family, opting for suicide. Stuffy sister Helen serves as Anna's literary co-executor, discovering and absorbing some of Anna's free-living style. Good storytelling and memorable people, but not very substantial and often choppy. A solid choice for popular fiction collections. Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va. \nCopyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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