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Evening

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Awards

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998.
A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.

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Publisher Comments:

With two novels and one short story collection published to overwhelming critical acclaim ("Monkeys takes your breath away," said Anne Tyler; "heartbreaking, exhilarating," raved the New York Times Book Review), Susan Minot has emerged as one of the most gifted writers in America, praised for her ability to strike at powerful emotional truths in language that is sensual and commanding, mesmerizing in its vitality and intelligence.

Now, with Evening, she gives us her most ambitious novel, a work of surpassing beauty. During a summer weekend on the coast of Maine, at the wedding of her best friend, Ann Grant fell in love. She was twenty-five. Forty years later — after three marriages and five children — Ann Lord finds herself in the dim claustrophobia of illness, careening between lucidity and delirium and only vaguely conscious of the friends and family parading by her bedside, when the memory of that weekend returns to her with the clarity and intensity of a fever-dream.

Evening unfolds in the rushlight of that memory, as Ann relives those three vivid days on the New England coast, with motorboats buzzing and bands playing in the night, and the devastating tragedy that followed a spectacular wedding. Here, in the surge of hope and possibility that coursed through her at twenty-five — in a singular time of complete surrender — Ann discovers the highest point of her life. Superbly written and miraculously uplifting, Evening is a stirring exploration of time and memory, of love's transcendence and of its failure to transcend — a rich testament to the depths of grief and passion, and a stunning achievement.

Review:

"Minot is renowned for the exquisite precision of her language and her emotional insights, traits she has elevated to new and exhilarating heights in this supremely sensual, sensitive, dramatic, and artistic novel, her finest work to date....Minot's renderings of the heat of the past and the cooling of the present are gorgeously cinematic, so rich in color and motion, music and atmosphere that sorrow and death become no less glorious than joy and life." Booklist

Review:

"In her powerful third novel Susan Minot mesmerizes with her convincing evocation of Lord's final semiconscious state, wherein time and place crisscross, the lines between real and imagined blur, and the difference between resignation and regret is indistinguishable." Time

About the Author

Susan Minot was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Manchester-by-the-Sea. She studied writing and painting at Brown University and received an MFA in writing from Columbia University. After publishing short stories in Grand Street and The New Yorker she was offered a contract for a novel by the legendary publisher Seymour Lawrence. His initial support for "a work of fiction" became Monkeys, nine stories which together make up a novel about the Vincent family. It was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Etranger in France in l987.

The novel was followed by Lust & Other Stories, a collection about wayward artists and journalists living in New York City, particularly about the relations between men and women in their twenties and thirties having difficulty coming together and difficulty breaking apart. In l994 she was contacted by the director Bernardo Bertolucci to write the screenplay for his film Stealing Beauty. Her other books are Folly and Evening. Minot lives in New York City.

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joanre101, October 29, 2006 (view all comments by joanre101)
Emily Dickenson wrote, "The heart selects her own society."
In her book, "Evening," Susan Minot explore the process by which the heart decides who and what is important in her story told from the point of view of Ann Lord, a sixty-five year-old woman stricken with cancer.
It understandable how, as Ann lays dying her thoughts to her fleeting time with Harris Arden a doctor she met at a friend's lavish wedding forty years earlier. Her liaison with Harris occured at a time in her life when she was young and when the very air around her was charged with romance and possibility, before she was knocked onto a life path that lead through a series of dissapointing marriages and tragedy.
For Ann, her time with Harris is something to be etched on a grecian urn, one perfect moment to keep for the rest of her life and sustain her through life's difficulties. For Ann, the liaison between herself and Harris relies on its brevity for its beauty. For Ann, Harris will always be dashing, someone who will never leave the toilet seat up or fail to take out the garbage, and he will never age for her.
With her spare language, Minot brings the reader to the breath and marrow of Ann. You can fully empathize with Ann's belief that Harris is the only real love of her life. As a reader, understanding that, to Harris, the relationship was merely one last fling before he marries his pregnant girlfriend makes Ann a more real and relatable character.
Did Ann have a great love for Harris? No, of course not. She hardly knew him. And even if there were no pregnant fiance, the odds would have been heavily against Ann and Harris would having a happy, "'til death do you part" marriage. The fact that Harris would cheat on his fiance tells us who he is. So maybe it's better for Ann to have the icon she made in Harris' image during that weekend with her on her darkening evening forty years later.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700262
Author:
Minot, Susan
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Life change events
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Reminiscing
Subject:
Children of cancer patients
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;death;novel;cancer;maine;memory;new england;dying;contemporary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.6 in 0.56 lb

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375700262 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Minot is renowned for the exquisite precision of her language and her emotional insights, traits she has elevated to new and exhilarating heights in this supremely sensual, sensitive, dramatic, and artistic novel, her finest work to date....Minot's renderings of the heat of the past and the cooling of the present are gorgeously cinematic, so rich in color and motion, music and atmosphere that sorrow and death become no less glorious than joy and life."
"Review" by , "In her powerful third novel Susan Minot mesmerizes with her convincing evocation of Lord's final semiconscious state, wherein time and place crisscross, the lines between real and imagined blur, and the difference between resignation and regret is indistinguishable."
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