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The Bullet Collection

Ward, Patricia Sarrafian

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ISBN 10: 1555973760 / ISBN 13: 9781555973766
Published by Graywolf Press, St Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A., 2003
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Bullet Collection

Publisher: Graywolf Press, St Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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"Passionate, lyrical, and deeply humane, this tale of two sisters caught in a war without end moves effortlessly through space and time . . . an astonishing first novel." ―Andrea Barrett

Marianna watches her older sister Alaine collect the detritus of war from around Beirut―bullets, shrapnel, grenades, a gas mask. These objects, some taken from dead bodies, catalogue Alaine's retreat into a dangerous depression. As the family struggles to endure the daily violence of the Middle East conflict, it is Marianna who becomes her older sister's keeper, watching for any signal that might trigger one of Alaine's frequent, grim excavations. But once the family escapes to America, Alaine's newfound contentment is as alien to Marianna as her madness once was. As Marianna longs for her beloved, war-torn home, she struggles to understand that now she is the difficult sister.

In lyrical, dreamlike prose, Patricia Sarrafian Ward mines both the stunning, exotic landscape of Beirut and the pure, defiant landscape of a child's heart, and shows how war leaves its indelible scars on both.

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"A fine and memorable book about social pathology, Patricia Ward's first novel encompasses both the destruction of Beirut and the more intimate life of a besieged family witnessing that conflict. It is both realistic and dreamlike, moving back and forth between childhood and adulthood, progressing in time and spiraling out of it, as its narrator describes and dramatizes the deadly attraction that warfare held for herself and her sister. In this novel, the war goes on out in the streets, but in these two it is also enacted privately, in the mind and on the body. The Bullet Collection has the unmistakable (and strangely lyrical) ring of truth about growing up under the most harrowing of conditions." (Charles Baxter)

"The Bullet Collection, as its name suggests, is about mortality, chance, and endurance-that part of us which proves retentive of war's horror and the memory of pain. Patricia Ward makes vivid the presence of the past; she writes with great authority and unyielding lyric precision about a family and nation torn apart." (Nicholas Delbanco)

"Passionate, lyrical, and deeply humane, this tale of two sisters caught in a war without end moves effortlessly through space and time, illuminating the private terrors of a dispossessed family and the public terror-more relevant than ever, now-arising from clashing cultures. This is an astonishing first novel." (Andrea Barrett)

"The Bullet Collection completes the string of novels inspired by the Lebanese civil war. A vivid proof of the impact of a war which robbed children of their identities and left them dazed and confused. A war which has erased their childhood completely except for deep scars on their tiny wrists bearing the witness of their rage, anger, and helplessness. Written in a poetic if not hypnotic prose-ethereal like a feather which pierces into the soul like a dagger." (Hanan al-Shaykh)

"The Bullet Collection is big, heartfelt, moving work, a loving exploration of loss and discovery." (Diana Abu-Jaber)

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