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Florida
By Christine Schutt

Florida

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Florida by Christine Schutt

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In this elegiac and luminous novel, which John Ashbery called "an amazing achievement" and Mary Gordon dubbed "a wholly original endeavor," Christine Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and the power of words. Set in the Midwest, where Florida represents a faraway paradise, this novel tells the story of Alice Fivey. Fatherless since she was seven, Alice is left in the care of her relatives at the age of ten, when her mother, whose "toenails winked in the foil bed we knew for Florida," is institutionalized. Alice is moved from place to place, remaining still while others try to mold her into someone different from her mother. She consoles herself with books and becomes a storyteller herself as she moves into adulthood, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions and closer to the meaning of her own experience. Told in brief scenes of spare beauty, Florida is a graceful and gripping tale of family, forgiveness, and creation of the self.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780156030540
ISBN-10: 0156030543
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 132mm x 10mm)
Pages: 156
Imprint: Harvest Books
Publisher: Harvest Books
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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