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The Member of the Wedding

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ISBN13: 9780618492398
ISBN10: 0618492399
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"A marvelous study of the agony of adolescence" ("Detroit Free Press"), "The Member of the Wedding"--which became an award-winning play and a major motion picture--showcases McCullers at her most sensitive, astute, and best.

Synopsis:

The novel that became an award-winning play and a major motion picture and that has charmed generations of readers, Carson McCullerss classic The Member of the Wedding is now available in small- format trade paperback for the first time. Here is the story of the inimitable twelve-year-old Frankie, who is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her older brothers wedding. Bolstered by lively conversations with her house servant, Berenice, and her six-year-old male cousin — not to mention her own unbridled imagination — Frankie takes on an overly active role in the wedding, hoping even to go, uninvited, on the honeymoon, so deep is her desire to be the member of something larger, more accepting than herself. “A marvelous study of the agony of adolescence” (Detroit Free Press), The Member of the Wedding showcases Carson McCullers at her most sensitive, astute, and lasting best.

About the Author

Carson McCullers was born in Columbus, Georgia. She published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, at the age of twenty-three. She died in 1967 at the age of fifty.

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g.donahue, July 18, 2010 (view all comments by g.donahue)
This tiny book packs a psychological punch. Ostensibly about a 12-year old girl’s emotional hardships with growing and change, this fine-toned story relates to any age. Carson McCullers’s novella is rich with characters, all finely wrapped within beautiful prose. Frankie, the 12-year old protagonist, “… had become an unjoined person who hung around in doorways, and she was afraid.” What happens to Frankie? The author brilliantly captures our interest in Frankie’s achingly sweet journey to look for something missing in her life. She looks in the wrong places, wanting desperately to belong---to be a member of the wedding--a keenly sensitive metaphor for belonging. All of us feel like outsiders now and then, and Carson McCullers poetically embraces the essence of that feeling—no matter what age.
Set in a Faulkian town in the South--in the heat of August--during the 2nd World War, it is a time and place that witnesses death, racism, and disappointment. But for Frankie, it is her time for change.

Women authors from the 1930s and 40s should be (in this reviewer’s thinking) resurrected. Ms. McCullers is known for her psychological depth into the human condition, and this book is a testament to that; but her prose rivals the Faulkners, the Hemingways, and the Steinbecks of early 20th century America. Can be read in one day, but will not be forgotten.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618492398
Author:
Mccullers, Carson
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
McCullers, Carson
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Weddings
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.72x4.90x.43 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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The novel that became an award-winning play and a major motion picture and that has charmed generations of readers, Carson McCullerss classic The Member of the Wedding is now available in small- format trade paperback for the first time. Here is the story of the inimitable twelve-year-old Frankie, who is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her older brothers wedding. Bolstered by lively conversations with her house servant, Berenice, and her six-year-old male cousin — not to mention her own unbridled imagination — Frankie takes on an overly active role in the wedding, hoping even to go, uninvited, on the honeymoon, so deep is her desire to be the member of something larger, more accepting than herself. “A marvelous study of the agony of adolescence” (Detroit Free Press), The Member of the Wedding showcases Carson McCullers at her most sensitive, astute, and lasting best.
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