An urgent, closely observed, deeply conflicted, elegant account . . . a winning blend of emotional intensity and elevated lyricism." (Los Angeles Times)
The New York Times Book Review praised A Stone Boat as "a shimmering remembrance of things past and a meditation on love and death." Newsday called it "intense and achingly beautiful."
Andrew Solomon tells an exquisitely perceptive story of family, identity, and the changes wrought by grief and loss. Harry, an internationally celebrated concert pianist, arrives in Paris to confront his glamorous mother about his homosexuality. Instead, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and depression at the prospect of her death, he embarks on a series of intense love affairs that force him to question his sexual identity. But as time runs out and tragedy looms closer, it is the relationship between Harry and his mother that emerges in all its stark simplicity and purity.
Part eulogy and part confession, A Stone Boat is a luminous and moving evocation of the love between a son and his mother.
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Andrew Solomon is the author of The Noonday Demon and The Ivory Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost. A Stone Boat was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, ArtForum, and The New York Times Magazine.
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Book Description Plume, 1996. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The Noonday Demon's contribution to our understanding both of mental illness and of the human condition is stunning. The book examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with, among others, fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy-makers and politicians, and drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals, as never before, the complexities of the disease.Bestselling books by William Styron and Kay Redfield Jamison confirm the intense interest in individual experience of depression. But Solomon, whose 1998 New Yorker article on the subject garnered vast attention, goes much further to confront everything from the challenge of defining the illness and the vast range of available drug treatments to the efficacy of alternative treatments and the impact depression has on various demographic populations. He ponders the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations formental illness.Like Jacques Barzun, Robert Hughes, or Elaine Pagels, Solomon employs a single lens -- depression -- and through it shapes a sweeping work of immense cultural significance. This book will change reader's views of the world. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0452274982
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