THE FOLDED WORLD.

Gaige, Amity.

ISBN 10: 1590512480 / ISBN 13: 9781590512487
Published by New York: Other Press, (2007.) dj, 2007
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Second novel by this young author who was selected by the National Book Foundation for the '5 under 35' honor. This is the story of an idealistic young social worker who is drawn into the lives of his mentally ill clients, and imperils his marriage. SIGNED on the title page. 294 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 56036

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Title: THE FOLDED WORLD.

Publisher: New York: Other Press, (2007.) dj

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Selected by the National Book Foundation for their first ever "5 Under 35" honor, Amity Gaige returns with an ambitious and luminous new novel.

Acclaimed for her exquisite prose and crystalline insights, Amity Gaige returns with The Folded World, the story of an idealistic young social worker drawn into the lives of his mentally ill clients. Charlie Shade was born into a quiet, prosperous life, but a sense of injustice dogs him. He feels destined to leave his life of "bread and laundry," to work instead with people in crisis. On his way, he meets his kindred spirit in Alice, a soulful young woman, living helplessly by laws of childhood superstition. Charlie's empathy with his clients—troubled souls like Hal, the high-school wrestling champion who undergoes a psychotic break, and Opal, the isolated young woman who claims "various philosophies have confused my life"—is both admirable and nearly fatal. An adoring husband and new father, Charlie risks his own cherished, private domestic world to help Hal, Opal, and others move beyond their haunted inner worlds into the larger world of love and connection.

A collision of extraordinary characters, The Folded World addresses the universal dilemma of love, wherein giving to another can seem like "the death of the world of oneself." With an unerring eye for both the joys and devastations of life, Amity Gaige once again reminds us of the pleasures and depths to be found in her fiction.

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Amity Gaige is the author of the acclaimed novel O My Darling, chosen by the National Book Foundation for its "5 Under 35" program to recognize the achievements of five first-time fiction writers each year. She teaches creative writing at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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