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Laurie Blauner

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ISBN 10: 0930773667 / ISBN 13: 9780930773663
Published by Black Heron Press, 2002
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Title: Somebody

Publisher: Black Heron Press

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition: Very Good

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Somebody" is a novel about mother-daughter relationships. It is about the daughter of a distant father and an ambitious, egocentric mother. It is an unusual novel in several ways. There is the author's command of the language. As James Welch notes, her images and metaphors are amazing, so lush and lyrical that, paragraph by paragraph, the reader wants to go back and reread them. Then there are the people who populate the book. None are less than completely drawn. The most minor character is presented with such knowledge and compassion that his sorrow and humor are entirely understandable. It is a remarkable book. As Welch says: "'Somebody' is special in the way all very good novels are-simple elements in the hands of a very good writer create a complex brew. In this case, those elements involve mother-daughter relationships, mostly absent fathers, deceitful or indifferent lovers. Laurie Blauner, a fine poet with a masterly command of language and imagery, has written a wonderfully poignant novel of growing up, of getting out to seek a life of fulfillment and, possibly, happiness. I was absolutely taken with the language and the amazing images and metaphors.

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Laurie Blauner's first novel, "Somebody," won the King County Arts Commission Special Projects Award. She has also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, several Seattle Arts Commission grants, and an Artist Trust grant for her fiction. She is the author of five books of poetry and another novel, "Infinite Kindness." She received her MFA from the University of Montana. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in "The New Republic," "The Nation," "The Georgia Review," "American Poetry Review," "New Orleans Review," "Poetry," and other journals and magazines.

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