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Le Guin, Ursula K.

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ISBN 10: 0060167408 / ISBN 13: 9780060167400
Published by HarperCollins., NY:, 1991
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Le Guin. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 14530

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Publisher: HarperCollins., NY:

Publication Date: 1991

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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Portrays the struggles and triumphs of several generations of women who independently control Klatsand, a small resort town on the Oregon coast

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Various private lives in an Oregon seaside village are pried open for inspection in this winning example of Le Guin's best writing--meditative, perceptive, and dead-on in its characterizations. Welcome to Klatsand, a typical American beachside community whose medley of small-town voices combine to form a timeless, penetrating novel in the classic Le Guin tradition. Tales of Klatsanders--the discouraged middle-aged couple who operate the run-down tourist court outside of town; the aging businessman whose weekend on the beach brings him face to face with his own mortality; the passionately self-reliant professor who brings her fatherless daughter home to grow up sheltered by her past; the aging librarian who indulges in a brief affair with the local bookstore owner--all start small but grow to a powerful crescendo as the town's complex entanglement of small-town loyalties, betrayals, and generations-old resentments comes clear. Le Guin performs best with her female characters--particularly the four generations of Hernes women who, from the late 1800's to the present, scandalize the town with divorce, unwed motherhood, and other forms of unheard-of independence, and whose tale of matriarchal determination occupies the final third of the book. Ending in a defiant retelling of the Persephone myth, the Hernes' story perfectly echoes and enhances the smaller tales that preceded it, making for some deeply satisfying reading--rich, warm, and as easy on the soul as an afternoon on the beach. Another triumph. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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