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Lisa Alther

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ISBN 10: 0452277760 / ISBN 13: 9780452277762
Published by Plume, 1996
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Bedrock

Publisher: Plume

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Clea Shawn has enjoyed marriage, motherhood, love affairs with both sexes; and she's traveled the world. Now she has come to the seemingly idyllic New England town of Roches Ridge, Vermont, looking for respite from the hungers of the heart and the lightning storms of the senses. What she finds is something else. What she learns makes for Lisa Alther's most sinfully irreverent, deliciously comic, and richly revelatory novel -- an unforgettable tale of the intellectual graspings, emotional flip-flops, and erotic acrobatics of a woman who is not quite sure what she wants, but who wants it in the very worst way, and wants it now.

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For a long time I was fascinated by the twenty-year friendship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, and I read every word either woman had ever published. I decided to write an update of that friendship between two contemporary women, an update that would end less tragically than with Virginia Woolf's suicide. I named my characters Clea and Elke. Clea, a photographer living in New York, is full of life but somewhat superficial in her understanding of it. Elke, a German sculptor who emigrated to New York during World War II, has a more profound grasp of the dark side of life, which leaves her limp with depression. During the course of their friendship, each woman learns to comprehend the other's world view, thus achieving a more balanced perspective. Their names, Clea and Elke, anagrams of each other, are meant to suggest that the two women can be viewed as different modes of a single personality.

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