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Collaborators: A Novel

Kauffman, Janet

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ISBN 10: 1555971857 / ISBN 13: 9781555971854
Published by Graywolf Pr, 1993
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Title: Collaborators: A Novel

Publisher: Graywolf Pr

Publication Date: 1993

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Reprint.

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A stunning, poetic novel about a nearly overpowering relationship, from the author of the acclaimed short story collection, Places in the World a Woman Could Walk.

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Against a landscape composed of and by women, men hardly register in this thin, elegant novel by the author of Places in the World a Woman Could Walk. Dovie (formally named Andrea Doria) listens closely to her Mennonite mother, who seems to carelessly transcend the conventions that circumscribe their lives, substituting her own strict rhythm and a personal catechism that she imparts to her willing pupil. As a child, Dovie believes her mother fiercely, uncritically absorbing her views on sexuality, God and men, while the farmwork of the long tobacco season unfolds around them. It's only in retrospect that she concludes, "My mother lied to me about everything . . . She crooned and ranted and cooked up powerful storms of lies that held like uncalled-for weather over my childhood." Yet in her turn, betrayed by the stroke that steals her mother's memory and then her life, Dovie conspires to pass on the lessons she learned to her own daughter. Although the novel cannot transcend its fragmented structure, those who savor rich cadences and the unexpected, beautifully turned phrase will find much to satisfy the senses.
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