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Lark and Termite (Vintage Contemporaries)

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Staff Pick

This is the story of 17-year-old Lark and her fierce devotion to her disabled brother, nicknamed Termite. It's also the story of their family: proud Aunt Nonie, who raises them; Robert, Termite's father, killed in the Korean War; and their wayward mother, Lola. Time is presented in a fluid, mingled fashion, as the past continues to have consequences in the present. Jayne Anne Phillips writes dazzling, tactile prose that engages all five senses, and here she presents a novel with true staying power, one that lingers in the mind well after the last page is turned.
Recommended by Patrick, Powell's Books at PDX

Lark and Termite are two characters who will invade you. Lark, a young woman embarking on adulthood, has a sense of self for which most people can only dream. Termite, her younger brother, has a form of autism, yet his inner world is rich, layered, and lush.  The story of their parents slowly unravels as the novel progresses. It is heartbreaking when Lark, all alone, assumes an adult role well beyond her years in order to face a crisis. But at the heart of the story is her poignant relationship with Termite. Truly wonderful!
Recommended by Dianah, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

National Bestseller

New York Times Notable Book

Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

Lark and Termite is a rich, wonderfully alive novel about seventeen year old Lark and her brother, Termite, living in West Virginia in the 1950s. Their mother, Lola, is absent, while their aunt, Nonie, raises them as her own, and Termite’s father, Corporal Robert Leavitt, is caught up in the early days of the Korean War. Award-winning author Jayne Anne Phillips intertwines family secrets, dreams, and ghosts in a story about the love that unites us all.

Synopsis:

Set in the 1950s in West Virginia and Korea, "Lark and Termite" is a story of the power of loss and love; the echoing ramifications of war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts; and the unseen, almost magical bonds that unite and sustain a family.

Synopsis:

National Bestseller

New York Times Notable Book

Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

Lark and Termite is a rich, wonderfully alive novel about seventeen year old Lark and her brother, Termite, living in West Virginia in the 1950s. Their mother, Lola, is absent, while their aunt, Nonie, raises them as her own, and Termite’s father, Corporal Robert Leavitt, is caught up in the early days of the Korean War. Award-winning author Jayne Anne Phillips intertwines family secrets, dreams, and ghosts in a story about the love that unites us all.

About the Author

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of three previous novels and two collections of widely anthologized stories. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, and an Academy Award in Literature (1997) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Phillips is currently professor of English and director of the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701931
Author:
Phillips, Jayne Anne
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Family saga
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.06x5.16x.89 in. .70 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

This is the story of 17-year-old Lark and her fierce devotion to her disabled brother, nicknamed Termite. It's also the story of their family: proud Aunt Nonie, who raises them; Robert, Termite's father, killed in the Korean War; and their wayward mother, Lola. Time is presented in a fluid, mingled fashion, as the past continues to have consequences in the present. Jayne Anne Phillips writes dazzling, tactile prose that engages all five senses, and here she presents a novel with true staying power, one that lingers in the mind well after the last page is turned.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Lark and Termite are two characters who will invade you. Lark, a young woman embarking on adulthood, has a sense of self for which most people can only dream. Termite, her younger brother, has a form of autism, yet his inner world is rich, layered, and lush.  The story of their parents slowly unravels as the novel progresses. It is heartbreaking when Lark, all alone, assumes an adult role well beyond her years in order to face a crisis. But at the heart of the story is her poignant relationship with Termite. Truly wonderful!

"Synopsis" by , Set in the 1950s in West Virginia and Korea, "Lark and Termite" is a story of the power of loss and love; the echoing ramifications of war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts; and the unseen, almost magical bonds that unite and sustain a family.
"Synopsis" by , National Bestseller

New York Times Notable Book

Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

Lark and Termite is a rich, wonderfully alive novel about seventeen year old Lark and her brother, Termite, living in West Virginia in the 1950s. Their mother, Lola, is absent, while their aunt, Nonie, raises them as her own, and Termite’s father, Corporal Robert Leavitt, is caught up in the early days of the Korean War. Award-winning author Jayne Anne Phillips intertwines family secrets, dreams, and ghosts in a story about the love that unites us all.

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