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Waking the Deadby Scott Spencer
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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.
"First-rate...treat yourself to the very considerable pleasure of reading Waking The Dead." The Chicago Sun-Times
"[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
"[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
"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
"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
Fielding Price keeps seeing Sarah everywhere ? did she survive the car bombing, or is he losing his mind?
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