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Death in Equality

Lucinda Ebersole

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ISBN 10: 0312151063 / ISBN 13: 9780312151065
Published by St Martins Pr, 1997
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Death in Equality

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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Cordelia is the "greatest unpublished novelist of her generation," who has found, at the height of her noncareer, that she is dying of lung cancer. After leaving New York, she returns home to Equality, Alabama, because she is the seventh Cordelia in her matrilineal line who has been born or died in Equality, and Cordelia will not buck tradition. Tradition and memory are all that hold together the people in this small, dying town, and they are the only thing Cordelia has left.
Death in Equality is Cordelia's story, narrated by herself - during the increasingly short intervals when she is conscious - and by her unconscious voice, her id, her narrative voice, when she is unconscious. Together, the two aspects of Cordelia relate the stories that have made up her life, as well as the stories that will go untold, unrecorded, and unread when she dies.


Equality is the name of the small Alabama town to which Cordelia, the protagonist of Lucinda Ebersole's first novel, Death in Equality, returns to die. She is the seventh in an unbroken matrilineal line of women, all named Cordelia, who have been born or died in this same town. As last in the line, it is the burden of Ebersole's protagonist to carry that name to its proper resting place. Cordelia, a writer, is dying of lung cancer; she narrates her own story, and the stories of her family and town, sometimes lucidly, sometimes while under the influence of painkillers. The resulting narrative is dreamlike and tinged with regret as befits a chronicle of leaving a life half- lived.

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