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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Publisher Comments:

From the acclaimed author of Men in Black and The Rich Man's Table, this compelling novel introduces us to Fielding and Sarah, a couple who may or may not be separated by death, whose love might, indeed, even triumph over death itself.

Fielding Pierce is an aspiring congressman, Brooklyn-born and Harvard-educated, whose single-minded focus on the future of his career is derailed by a vision from the past: Sarah. An idealistic young activist, she had been reported dead in a politically motivated car bombing five years earlier — but now, Fielding hears Sarah's voice on the phone. He sees her, leaving a crowded restaurant. He feels her...but is it Sarah in the flesh who haunts him, or the spirit of Sarah within? A breathtaking story from "a magnificent writer" (New Republic), Waking the Dead is a tale that is as difficult to forget as true love itself.

Review:

"First-rate...treat yourself to the very considerable pleasure of reading Waking The Dead." The Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"[P]owerful, complex, fascinating, passionate....This reads as if he aspired to do much more than merely write a successful and profitable novel — to write a work of fiction that will edge the human race just a fraction farther along the road to self-knowledge." Fay Weldon, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[E]xamines the place of intense romantic commitment in the modern world. But while [Endless Love] skillfully danced around the pitfalls of sentimental cliche, this one jumps in with both feet. Waking the Dead is about as profound as a made-for-TV movie, and of similar literary merit." Library Journal

Review:

"In Endless Love, Spencer wrote lyrically and compellingly about love at its most extreme — passion as obsession. In Waking The Dead, he brings the same fervor to a story about the struggle to live ethically in a corrupt world." New York Magazine

Review:

"This is a more sophisticated undertaking than Endless Love. Spencer has tackled social maladies — drugs, prostitution, single parenthood — and has written a story about politics as well as about obsession. But first-person narrators are inherently limited, and Fielding's problem makes it worse: he's hopelessly solipsistic....Spencer tries too hard both to sustain his reputation as a popular novelist and to earn recognition as a serious writer." The New Republic

Synopsis:

Fielding Price keeps seeing Sarah everywhere ? did she survive the car bombing, or is he losing his mind?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425169629
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Location:
New York :
Author:
Spencer, Scott
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Politicians
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Bombings
Subject:
Victims of terrorism
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
PNW-GTR-484
Publication Date:
20000201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
385 p.
Dimensions:
8 x 5.26 x 1.05 in 0.7 lb

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Product details 385 p. pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425169629 Reviews:
"Review" by , "First-rate...treat yourself to the very considerable pleasure of reading Waking The Dead."
"Review" by , "[P]owerful, complex, fascinating, passionate....This reads as if he aspired to do much more than merely write a successful and profitable novel — to write a work of fiction that will edge the human race just a fraction farther along the road to self-knowledge."
"Review" by , "[E]xamines the place of intense romantic commitment in the modern world. But while [Endless Love] skillfully danced around the pitfalls of sentimental cliche, this one jumps in with both feet. Waking the Dead is about as profound as a made-for-TV movie, and of similar literary merit."
"Review" by , "In Endless Love, Spencer wrote lyrically and compellingly about love at its most extreme — passion as obsession. In Waking The Dead, he brings the same fervor to a story about the struggle to live ethically in a corrupt world."
"Review" by , "This is a more sophisticated undertaking than Endless Love. Spencer has tackled social maladies — drugs, prostitution, single parenthood — and has written a story about politics as well as about obsession. But first-person narrators are inherently limited, and Fielding's problem makes it worse: he's hopelessly solipsistic....Spencer tries too hard both to sustain his reputation as a popular novelist and to earn recognition as a serious writer."
"Synopsis" by , Fielding Price keeps seeing Sarah everywhere ? did she survive the car bombing, or is he losing his mind?
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