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Fifteen stories about the passage from youth to the edge of adulthood and self-understanding feature a varied cast of characters united by their deep sense of the fragility of human contact and the joys that sometimes result
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The even tenor of the 15 stories in this impressive, well-crafted and often moving collection conveys the almost imperceptible movement that occurs in the passage from birth to young adulthood. Suddenly, as in the title story, a young man is 21, forced to confront his new age and startled that his faithful dog, now gray in the muzzle, "has grown old without me." Other gently realized tales evoke the "rising spiral through my childhood" that the narrator follows in the evolution of the seasons. "Indian Summer" takes us on a retrospective of a rural homestead where a young boy once romped and where his grandmother now lives alone. In the more sophisticated tones of "Social Studies," we hear a school teacher establish his "grown up" status in a liaison with a woman he has just met. Humor crests in "Due Cappuccini" as an unmarried American couple presents a challenge to an inquisitive Italian village. Whatever the localeNew York, Maine, Italythese quiet but resonating tales reflect a sensitivity to character and place and an elegiac sense of the seasons of life. The son of John Updike, the author has previously published a children's book, A Winter's Journey.
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Book Description David R Godine Pub, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0879237287
Book Description David R Godine Pub, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110879237287