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A wreath of pale white roses Duncan, Erika

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ISBN 10: 0802771076 / ISBN 13: 9780802771070
Condition: Collectible; Good Soft cover
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SIGNED 1st Edition. Weston, CT: Magic Circle Press, 1977. Softcover, bound in stiff illustrated wraps. Long Inscription by author on dedication page. Condition about good with minor shelf wear, small stain to bottom edge (not affecting text). No underlining, etc., NOT EX-LIBRARY. (b/nb). Bookseller Inventory # 0608W110467

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Title: A wreath of pale white roses Duncan, Erika

Binding: Jan 01, 1977

Book Condition:Collectible; Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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When a plant is cut across the stem and killed, it is said to emit a sudden aura like a geyser, its last radiance. In autumn, right before the foliage of summer dies, it grows much brighter than it ever was in life. 'A Wreath of Pale White Roses' explores aging and dying from a perspective rarely found in fiction, as a time of intensification of memory, pain, and desire, a period of passionate re-synthesis and completion. The four protagonists, Peter, Laura, Max, and Madelaine, are all related to each other not only in the present but in the distant past. As their separate lives cross for the final time, their earlier relationships are reactivated on a deeper level by the surrealistic resurfacing of the obsessions of their childhoods, enabling them to draw towards death re-united with the many lost parts of themselves which give their lives a meaning that transcends their tragic isolation. ... A religious symbolism suffuses the setting of the novel, transforming the familiar New York City streets, churches, botanicas, and flower markets, lending these suffering "sacred pilgrims" an aura of luminescence emanating from the hope for warmth and light embodied in their striving. Erika Duncan's writing, harrowing in its poetry, lays bare those parts of us that are long forgotten, long buried under many layers of social taboo, and deeply hidden from our ordinary perception. Yet it becomes a healing and a blessing for all those who seek to pave a roadway through the inner night. ... This book was the winner in the publisher's search for a "novel of distinction by an unknown woman" to be supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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