Many Things Have Happened Since He Died

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A fierce yet naive young woman from Birmingham, Alabama, must come to terms with the powerful legacy of a religious upbringing when she enters into a new, explosive marriage

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This striking first novel presents a stream-of-consciousness transcription of the thoughts of a mind perilously close to the edge. The narrator, a young woman raised in a devoutly Christian household, must contend with her father's unexpected death, estrangement from her mother, a rocky marriage to an abusive dental student, and after his death by drug overdose, an unwanted pregnancy. She survives these tribulations by making a tape-recorded diary, which she then types up on her office computer. Although she hopes to sell her life story for a fortune and become a celebrity, her naivete is tempered by a surprising shrewdness and a driven need for self-expression. Vaughn's prose masterfully captures the claustrophobic feeling of psychic distress. She is a writer worth watching, and her book is recommended for all fiction collections.
- Christine Stenstrom, New York Law Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

If Holly Golightly had stayed in the South, she might have composed this fictional memoir by a young battered wife who believes she can sell her story for enough money to reverse the downward spiral of her life. The unnamed heroine has dropped out of college after the death of her father and married Malone, a violent, druggie dental student. The plot percolates rather than develops; the heroine, for example, explains that she would murder someone by driving a nail into his ear; "I would never use a gun or knife. I am against violence." Decisions about what to wear are as important as whether she will kill herself. Should she lure her husband back to a perfect Christian marriage or change all the locks? Nevertheless, most of this appealing character's effort to record her life in order to retrieve its lost potential is readable and sadly convincing.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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