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A woman attemps to piece together the fragments of a past, unresolved relationship. With compassion, wit and what appears to be candour, she seeks to reveal herself and her past. But we begin to suspect that given the vagaries of memory, any tale retrieved from the past must be a fiction.
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Lydia Davis is an award-winning author and translator. She teaches creative writing at Bard College in upstate New York.From Library Journal:
The narrator of this novel, who never reveals her name, is writing a novel about an obsessive relationship she had with a younger man. Although the woman did not seem totally committed while the couple was together, she became completely obsessed with her former partner after they separated. This first-person remembrance, with events imprecisely defined and sometimes out of sequence, is self-conscious and introspective. The narration is highly descriptive, and there is no dialog. The narrator comments that "my thoughts are not orderly-one is interrupted by another, or one contradicts another, and in addition to that, my memories are quite often false, confused, abbreviated, or collapsed into one another." A more apt description of the style would be hard to imagine. For anyone who has had a failed intimate relationship, this book could be uncomfortable reading. From the author of Break It Down (Farrar, 1986), a short story collection.
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1852424206