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Description - The Country by David Plante

First published in 1981 to wide acclaim, a haunting family novel by'a daringly skillful writer.' (Philip Roth)

Foreword by Mary Gordon

First published in 1981 to wide acclaim, The Countryfollows the last visits of a son, Daniel Francoeur, to his parents' home before the death of his father. Wanting to understand this enigmatic man, Daniel seeks insight through the particulars of his father's life-handling his father's tools and tending to his father's feeble body. Through this contact, his father's mysteries are revealed- his Native-American heritage, his lifelong work as a toolmaker, and his deep and conflicted relationships with his invalid wife and his seven sons.

Written quietly, with great force, The Country illuminates the ties of family, the relationships between fathers and sons, and the love that is often hidden, but ever present.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807083796
ISBN-10: 0807083798
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 138mm x 10mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publish Date: 8-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Plante

David Plante is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Francoeur trilogy-"The Family, The Woods, " and "The Country"-as well as a work of nonfiction, "Difficult Women: A Memoir of Three." His work has appeared in many periodicals, "The New Yorker" and "The Paris Review" among them, and has been nominated for a National Book Award. He teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York and London.

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