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A Life in Menby Gina Frangello
Synopses & Reviews
The friendship between Mary and Nix had endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women reunited for a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip instigated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would inevitably cut her life short. Nix, a free spirit by nature, was determined that Mary have the vacation of a lifetime, but by the time their visit to Greece was over, the ties between them had unraveled, and when they said goodbye, it was for the last time.
Three years later, Mary returns to Europe to try to understand what went wrong, in the process meeting the first of many men she will spend time with and travel with throughout the world. Through them she experiences not just a sexual awakening but a spiritual and emotional awakening that allows her to understand how the past and the future are connected, and to appreciate how important it is that she live her life to the fullest.
"An epic tour de force capturing a woman's entire life amid a world torn apart by terrorism and alienation, and ultimately, it is an exploration of what individual fulfillment means in such a world, and how grief, identity, sexuality, and responsibility intersect."Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River
"A joyful, ambitious novel that is also an adventure traversing three continents, a meditation on love, sex, and, most important, friendship, which can overcome time, distance, and even death." Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of "Once Upon a River"
"Gina Frangello's luminous novel is deeply human, darkly funny, seriously sexy; it brims with artistry and intelligence and heart....Frangello illuminates the ways in which life itself is an illusion, but a grand and beautiful and heartbreaking and brilliant one." Emily Rapp, author of "The Still Point of the Turning World"
"Frangello delivers truth in the form of brave, purposeful, masterful prose." Elizabeth Crane, author of "We Only Know So Much"
"A Life in Men is a terrific book , a tender story of friendship, and a frank story of a young woman's adventures with an assortment of oddly funny, violent, and quirky men. It's intense and beautifully written." Audrey Niffenegger, author of "The Time Traveler's Wife"
"Mary's...storyline masterfully plays out to its conclusion...[the] novel packs an emotional punch throughout, particularly in its final third." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Gina Frangello is a cofounder of Other Voices Books and the editor of the fiction section at The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of one previous novel and a collection of short stories. She lives in Chicago.
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