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Publisher Comments:

In her long-awaited new novel, the peerless Joy Williams has produced a masterpiece of contemporary American life, in all its bizarrely comic, surreally tragic truths.

Three motherless girls–Alice, intent on saving the earth from humanity’s abuse; Corvus, who finds solace in caring for the dying; and Annabel, for whom fashion and cosmetics are armor against her fears–move through Arizona’s desert landscape and encounter its misfit inhabitants. Annabel’s father is literally haunted by the very vocal ghost of his wife. A pianist prefers dark thoughts to the sprightly songs he plays at rich men’s parties. A tycoon with a fondness for taxidermy befriends a child who reviles his passion. Achingly recognizable, profoundly imaginative, this is a novel that lingers long in the mind.

Review:

"Joy Williams' latest novel tracks the bizarre tale of three girls drawn together by loss traveling into the desert. Alice is a 15-year-old who has an opinion on everything, Corvus is an orphan
whose parents died in a freak accident, Annabel is a rich, lively, somewhat shallow girl who lives with her father in a house haunted by the ghost of her mother. This unusual group is united by the fact that each of them has lost her mother. On their long journey, the three encounter a variety of eccentrics, misfits, and otherwise quirky characters, each drawn with deft brilliance by Williams. This by turns comic and horrifying tale of wounded souls traveling barren terrain is by no means an easy trip for a reader, but it is well worth the ride." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About the Author

Joy Williams lives in Arizona and Key West.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375727641
Author:
Williams, Joy
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Williams, Joy
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Arizona
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Suburban life
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Maternal deprivation.
Subject:
Phoenix
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Westerns
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
no. <21>, etc.
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.08x5.10x.70 in. .57 lbs.

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