In the aftermath of her father's death, Caroline, a young American woman, returns to New York to attend to final arrangements, oversees the death of a best friend, and tests the limits of love and the power of art in the face of life's inevitabilities. By the author of Ghost Dance. Reprint.In the aftermath of her father's death, Caroline, a young American woman, returns to New York to attend to final arrangements, oversees the death of a best friend, and tests the limits of love and the power of art in the face of life's inevitabilities. By the author of Ghost Dance. Reprint.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1990-03-23 Caroline, a novelist and poet, returns from an isolated artists colony to Manhattan, where her widowed, art-historian father has recently died. As one strand of the narrative follows her rediscovery of the city--and of a friend diagnosed with AIDS--another follows the characters she creates in her prose; interspersed throughout are reproductions of pictures and newspaper clippings that inspire her. This narrative cord ruptures with the introduction of ``Carole,'' the persona of Maso, and descriptions of herself at work on the novel while her own beloved friend is dying, Carole/the writer's art incapable of saving him. Despite its trendy structure and themes, this work is steered by anything but a narcissistic postmodernism. Maso ( Ghost Dance ) is not content to muse on the relationship between life and art; she brings to life a ``bombardment of images and sounds,'' fashioning a pattern of astonishing complexity and beauty. The tough-mindedness, originality and wit of her perceptions are intoxicating. (May)
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