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Florida is the portrait of the artist as a young woman, an orphan's story full of loss and wonder, a familiar tale told in original language. Alice Fivey, fatherless at age seven, is left in the care of her relatives at ten when her love-wearied mother loses custody of her and submits to the sanitarium and years of psychiatric care. A namesake daughter locked in the orphan's move-around life, she must hold still while the seamstress pins her into someone not her mother. But they share the same name, so she is her mother, isn't she?

Alice finds consolation in books and she herself is a storyteller who must build a home for herself word by right word. Florida is her story, recalled in brief scenes of spare beauty and strangeness as Alice moves from house to house, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions, ever closer to the meaning of her experience. In this most elegiac and luminous novel, Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and above all, the life-giving power of language.

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"Often brilliantly written if far too brief first novel from Schutt....[A] dazzling start for a writer we want to hear from again." Kirkus Reviews

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"The minimalist plot and sometimes nebulous characterizations may put off some readers, but Schutt's perceptive handling of time capsules embedded in Alice's memory, such as her aversion to nursing homes and funerals, marks her as a writer to watch." Booklist

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Finalist for the 2004 National Book Award

A haunting - and haunted -first novel by the celebrated author of Nightwork.

About the Author

Christine Schutt is the author of Nightwork (Dalkey Archive, 2000), a collection of short stories, poet John Ashbery's selection for the best book of 1996 for the Times Literary Supplement. Her work, which has garnered an O'Henry Prize and a Pushcart Prize, is published widely in literary journals. Schutt is currently writer-in-residence at Barnard College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810151505
Author:
Schutt, Christine
Publisher:
Triquarterly Books
Location:
Evanston, Ill.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Psychological fiction
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Maternal deprivation.
Subject:
General Fiction
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Bildungsromans
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 9.
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
18-UP

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Product details 152 pages Triquarterly Books - English 9780810151505 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Often brilliantly written if far too brief first novel from Schutt....[A] dazzling start for a writer we want to hear from again."
"Review" by , "The minimalist plot and sometimes nebulous characterizations may put off some readers, but Schutt's perceptive handling of time capsules embedded in Alice's memory, such as her aversion to nursing homes and funerals, marks her as a writer to watch."
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Finalist for the 2004 National Book Award

A haunting - and haunted -first novel by the celebrated author of Nightwork.

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