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The monologue of a woman drifting in monied ease from one hotel to another and appearing to be weary of her quest to find the perfect habitation for her troublesome health. As she tells everything about her life the narrative becomes a murder story. This is the author's first novel.
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Sheila Kohler has published five novels, including Crossways (Other Press, 2005), and three collections of short stories. Her novel Cracks was chosen by New York Newsday and Library Journal as one of the best books of 1999. A native of South Africa, she makes her home in New York City and teaches at Bennington College in Vermont.From Publishers Weekly:
In this relentlessly literary first novel, writing techniques dominate content. Prose in the once avant-garde style of Robbe-Grillet and Duras (theirs stemming from passion, Kohler's a passionless intellectual exercise) evokes the terminal ennui of its narrator, a nameless woman of a certain age tracking down a repressed memory. Supposedly damaged by her upbringing among idle, isolated, rich colonials, and by intimate encounters with females (the first, her mother), she reveals homophobic fantasies rather than psychological truths; her attitude toward sex can be compared to Henry James at his most Victorian. Indeed, one of the few named characters (besides a black servant portentously called Justice) is Daisy Summers, a Daisy Miller mutation. When the narrator finally recalls her trauma, the event and the process of its recovery matter neither to her nor to the reader. Kohler's point is that Donne was wrong, one woman can be an island. And she does prove that, like the sea around us, one slim book seems endless.
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Book Description Vintage, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110099936003
Book Description Vintage, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0099936003