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Monkeys

Minot, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0525243429 / ISBN 13: 9780525243427
Published by E.P. Dutton/Seymour Lawrence, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1986
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. This is an exceptionally clean, fresh and nice first printing. An increasingly uncommon first edition in true collector's condition. Unclipped. In this luminous story of family life--the first novel by Susan Minot, author of the highly acclaimed Evening--the seven Vincent children follow their Catholic mother to Mass and spend Thanksgiving with their father's aging parents who come from a world of New England privilege. As they grow older, they meet with the perplexing lives of adults. Susan Minot writes with delicacy and a tremendous gift for the details that decorate domestic life, and when tragedy strikes she beautifully mines the children's tenderness for each other, and their aching guardianship of what they have. Alice Adams wrote: "I loved reading Monkeys. Susan Minot writes with such delicacy -- sketches in confident, sure brushstrokes, a lovely book," and Thomas McGuane added, "Monkeys is a book of unusual purity and truthfulness. It hardens the line of a world once barely familiar and makes it ours. Susan Minot touches us by her accurate humanity". Bookseller Inventory # 000730

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Title: Monkeys

Publisher: E.P. Dutton/Seymour Lawrence, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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The Vincents, a New England family of nine, struggle to keep up appearances amidst the underlying tensions of the squabbles of seven children, a father with a drinking problem, and a marriage being torn apart

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"Minot's prose possesses a thrilling eloquence, a heartbreaking clarity."--Newsday

"Not since J. D. Salinger has an American writer so feelingly evoked the special affections and loyalties that may develop among children in a large family."--The New York Times Book Review

"Striking and original.... Minot chronicles the mundane and miraculous moments that characterize family life, in prose that is exactingly realistic, yet delicately lyrical.... Few novels have so powerfully displayed the collective unity--and joy--of family life."--Chicago Tribune

"Susan Minot's funny, wry and profoundly moving novel of a large and gawky family in Massachusetts is full of quiet surprises.... Minot is masterful at showing us the chaos of a young family forming and reforming itself. But it is the absolute simplicity of her observation--always selective, often eccentric--that astounds us for its clarity time after time."--San Francisco Chronicle

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