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Introduced as a child to the genius of Balanchine and the lyricism of Tchaikovsky, a boy has aspired to dancing the role of the prince in The Nutcracker. Walter McCloud is a boy with dreams unlike most. Introduced as a child to the genius of Balanchine and the lyricism of Tchaikovsky, Walter has always aspired to be a dancer. As he grows older, it becomes clear that despite his desire, he lacks the talent, and he faces the painful knowledge that his more gifted friends have already surpassed him. Soon, however, that pain is overshadowed when his older brother, Daniel, finds a strange lump on his neck and Walter realizes that a happy family can change overnight. The year that follows transforms the McClouds, as they try to hold together in the face of the fearful consequences of Daniel's illness, and Walter makes discoveries about himself and his friendships that will change him forever. Decades later, after Walter has left home and returned, he must come to terms with the memories of that year, and grapple once and for all with the challenge of carving out a place for himself in this all-too-familiar world. A moving story of the torments of sexuality and the redemptive power of family and friendship, The Short History of a Prince confirms Jane Hamilton's place as a preeminent novelist of our time.

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Since childhood, Walter McCloud had wanted to dance the part of the prince in the Nutcracker, but time reveals a lack of terpsichorian talent and then his family is torn apart by his brother Daniel's discovery of a lump in his neck. Reprint. Tour.

About the Author

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel,A Map of the World, was an international bestseller.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307764072
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Hamilton, Jane
Author:
Jane Hamilton
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
General
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Ballet dancers
Subject:
Wisconsin
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Sale Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19990316
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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The Short History of a Prince: A Novel
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"Synopsis" by , Since childhood, Walter McCloud had wanted to dance the part of the prince in the Nutcracker, but time reveals a lack of terpsichorian talent and then his family is torn apart by his brother Daniel's discovery of a lump in his neck. Reprint. Tour.
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