Crooked Hearts

Crooked Hearts

by Robert Boswell
     
 

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"A delicately balanced ensemble piece that both gives us deftly drawn portraits . . . and delineates the ever-shifting bonds of love, hate, guilt and envy that connects them."--New York Times

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"A delicately balanced ensemble piece that both gives us deftly drawn portraits . . . and delineates the ever-shifting bonds of love, hate, guilt and envy that connects them."--New York Times

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As evidenced in his prize-winning short-story collection Dancing in the Movies (where a portion of this work previously appeared), Boswell is a fearless writer. In this stunning novelistic debut, he lays bare the protective yet stifling private worlds that insulate families in his tale of the matchless Warrens. Intoxicated and immobilized by their attachment to a family that ``is a drug,'' they love and betray each other in equally fierce measures. Epitomizing their collective resilience is the idiosyncratic Warren custom of throwing a party (complete with Christmas lights, drinking and dancing) to celebrate failure: unsuccessful science projects, dropping out of college, divorce, adultery, sickness and death. In Boswell's talented hands, this odd habit is wholly believable and provides a thread that unifies the novel. With an unusually strong grasp of child, adolescent and young adult psyches, he blends a third-person narrative with the family's first-person accounts, a potent combination of differing perspectives. Gifted with a keen sense of subtlety and timing, Boswell uses his unadorned prose to create a work of piercing and passionate complexity. (May 12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394557069
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/12/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
339

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