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"Beautiful and . . . elegantly wry, this story of an abandoned girl . . . is also the story of storytelling-and how it develops as a means to order one's disordered world."--The Believer

Set in the Midwest, where Florida represents a faraway paradise, this elegiac and luminous novel tells the story of Alice Fivey. Her father long gone and her mother--whose "toenails winked in the foil bed we knew for Florida"--newly institutionalized, Alice is left in the care of relatives at age ten. While others try to mold her into someone different from her mother, she consoles herself with books and becomes a storyteller herself until, moving into adulthood, she finds the meaning of her own experience.

Told in brief scenes of spare beauty, Florida is a graceful and gripping tale of family, forgiveness, and creation of the self. In what John Ashbery called "an amazing achievement" and Mary Gordon dubbed "a wholly original endeavor," Christine Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and the power of words.

"Schutt's subjects--love, family, death--are not new, but her lush, spilling style is fresh. This slender book grows plump on language."--Newsday

"The luxury of this debut novel is its rich, descriptive language. It's harnessed with powerful simplicity."--The Christian Science Monitor

Christine Schutt is the author of the short-story collections Nightwork and A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer. Her work, which has garnered an O. Henry Prize and a Pushcart Prize, is published widely in literary journals. Schutt lives and teaches in New York City.

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


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Fatherless since she was seven, Alice is left in the care of her relatives at ten when her mother enters psychiatric care. Alice becomes a storyteller who must build her own home word by word as she moves ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions into adulthood.

Synopsis:

In this elegiac and luminous novel, which John Ashbery called "an amazing achievement" and Mary Gordon dubbed "a wholly original endeavor," Christine Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and the power of words.

Set in the Midwest, where Florida represents a faraway paradise, this novel tells the story of Alice Fivey. Fatherless since she was seven, Alice is left in the care of her relatives at the age of ten, when her mother, whose "toenails winked in the foil bed we knew for Florida," is institutionalized. Alice is moved from place to place, remaining still while others try to mold her into someone different from her mother. She consoles herself with books and becomes a storyteller herself as she moves into adulthood, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions and closer to the meaning of her own experience.

Told in brief scenes of spare beauty, Florida is a graceful and gripping tale of family, forgiveness, and creation of the self.

About the Author

CHRISTINE SCHUTT is the author of the short-story collection Nightwork. Her work, which has garnered an O. Henry Prize and a Pushcart Prize, is published widely in literary journals. Schutt lives and teaches in New York City.

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ISBN:
9780156030540
Author:
Schutt, Christine
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.4 lb

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Product details 168 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030540 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A haunting - and haunted -first novel by the celebrated author of "Nightwork.


"Synopsis" by , Fatherless since she was seven, Alice is left in the care of her relatives at ten when her mother enters psychiatric care. Alice becomes a storyteller who must build her own home word by word as she moves ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions into adulthood.

"Synopsis" by ,
In this elegiac and luminous novel, which John Ashbery called "an amazing achievement" and Mary Gordon dubbed "a wholly original endeavor," Christine Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and the power of words.

Set in the Midwest, where Florida represents a faraway paradise, this novel tells the story of Alice Fivey. Fatherless since she was seven, Alice is left in the care of her relatives at the age of ten, when her mother, whose "toenails winked in the foil bed we knew for Florida," is institutionalized. Alice is moved from place to place, remaining still while others try to mold her into someone different from her mother. She consoles herself with books and becomes a storyteller herself as she moves into adulthood, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions and closer to the meaning of her own experience.

Told in brief scenes of spare beauty, Florida is a graceful and gripping tale of family, forgiveness, and creation of the self.

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