Cherry, Kelly

ISBN 10: 0670643823 / ISBN 13: 9780670643820
Published by New York: The Viking Press, (1974.) dj, 1974
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Southern author's comic first novel, the story of a "hypereducated thirty year old med student who would like nothing better than to be taken seriously sexually." INSCRIBED on the front endpaper " To . . -with best wishes - and my hope that I'll see your work in print soon." and dated in 1975. 280 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 43446

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Publisher: New York: The Viking Press, (1974.) dj

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Is there any hope for a hypereducated thirty-year-old med student who would like nothing better than to be taken seriously sexually? That's what Mary "Tennessee" Settleworth, the dislocated heroine of this unsettling and wryly comic first novel, is wondering.

Tennessee, a native of Knoxville, is an all-around heretic: a Southerner who's happier up North; a Christian who favors Pelagius and free will over Augustine and original sin; a woman who chooses to specialize in gynecology, a field reserved, it seems, for men; a lady of urgent passions who has had no carnal engagements for a year. She has finally gone so far as to write a reply to Mailer's Prisoner of Sex for a men's magazine, an article entitled "Sexual Inmates: A Cellular Study." Before it is published, however, she enters the employ and the household of one Lulu Cameron Carlisle(a whining and possessive but philanthropic Park Avenue widow who has a fine suicidal flair for pot, heavy ranquilizers, and smoking in bed(and her lame fourteen-year-old daughter, who needs a governess. All three women are badly in need of a compassionate friend(preferably and male(who is willing and most of all able to soothe both spirit and flesh.

Enter Adrien, the good man who's hard to find in Tennessee's life, a poet of angelic presence who courts her chastely. Is he a lifeline out of this doomed world of women, or Tennessee's supreme temptation? If saving Lulu from herself means losing Adrien, Tennessee has a martyr's crown cut out for her, until she realizes that martyrs and fools share a close family resemblance and that her vigil over Lulu is more prideful than responsible.

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In Kelly Cherry's hands, moral dilemmas are both mirthful and exalted; and her heroine's voice is a slangy mixture of irony and sensibility. Kelly Cherry is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. Her five novels include My Life and Dr. Joyce Brothers, Augusta Played and In The Wink of an Eye. (Boson Books offers both a diskette and an online edition of Wink.) Her four books of poetry include God's Loud Hand and Natural Theology. Her nonfiction books are The Exiled Heart: A Meditative Autobiography and Writing the World. Cherry's short fiction has been represented in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Pushcart Prize. For her poetry she has received the Hanes Prize. Sick and Full of Burning was both her first novel and her first book.

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