DARLING CLEMENTINE.

Klavan, Andrew.

ISBN 10: 0932966810 / ISBN 13: 9780932966810
Published by New York: The Permanent Press, 1988. dj, 1988
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A novel (not a mystery) by this Edgar award winning writer, the story of a poetess determined to transform her life. SIGNED on the title page. 159 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 68075

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Title: DARLING CLEMENTINE.

Publisher: New York: The Permanent Press, 1988. dj

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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DARLING CLEMENTINE is the story of Samantha, a poetess determined to transform her sex life into a meditation: a pathway to enlightenment. Along for the ride is her brand new husband, Arthur Clementine, a wealthy, calm, but crypto-zany Assistant District Attorney for New York County. The novel begins with their meeting and works its way backward and forward. In the past, a series of darkening love affairs leads Sam to a suicide attempts and a breakdown. In the present, Samantha is working on a suicide hotline and using her marriage in a search for radical sanity, a sort of road show of Love's Body. A long the way, she reconciles polymorphous perversity with housework; tries to talk one of William Blake's deities out of killing himself --or someone else; confuses her psychoanalyst; and watches, with everyone else, as the world moves toward the ever popular brink of destruction. All of which is an effervescent combination of Henry Miller and P.G Woodhouse, in a character as daffy and enchanting as Truman Capote's Holly Golightly was in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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In this short, ironically humorous novel told in the first person, Klavan (Face of the Earth) skillfully depicts poet Samantha Bradford, who must grapple with her troubled past before looking ahead to the future. Superficially, Samantha has an enviable existence. Born in affluent Greenwich, Conn., she graduated from Barnard, then wed wealthy lawyer Arthur Clementine. Nevertheless, distraught at age 24, Samantha seeks help from a Manhattan therapist who resembles "a rumpled gray suit growing out of the chair." With him, she discusses her mother's unkindness, her own suicide attempt and her erotic fantasy about being held captive on a remote island. Samantha also tries other routes to salvation, including Zen, sex and volunteering at a hotline for suicidal people. One pathetic man calling himself God phones Samantha repeatedly; despite their rapport, he poses a potentially lethal threat to her after his sanity gives way. The narrative frequently seems every bit as unfocused and rambling as Samantha's own life, but Klavan's characterizations of his protagonist and her spouse are memorable; they are vulnerable, tender and wonderfully open about their emotions and aspirations.
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