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Fading, My Parmacheene Belle
     

Fading, My Parmacheene Belle

by Joanna Scott
 

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Mourning the loss of his wife, and in a fit of rage and grief, an aged fisherman attacks his son and flees into the neighboring woods. Soon accompanied by a teenage waif, the fisherman regales the girl with tales of his beloved, his “Parmacheene Belle;” muses on the modernizing world; and forges on his quixotic quest to reach his late wife’s

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Mourning the loss of his wife, and in a fit of rage and grief, an aged fisherman attacks his son and flees into the neighboring woods. Soon accompanied by a teenage waif, the fisherman regales the girl with tales of his beloved, his “Parmacheene Belle;” muses on the modernizing world; and forges on his quixotic quest to reach his late wife’s native coast. Joanna Scott’s debut novel is one of the strangest love stories ever told, as well as an exploration into the unknown heart of our country.

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“A virtuoso performance.”—Chicago Tribune

“A blend of the bucolic and the biblical, it achieves its own peculiar tragicomic vision....Scott’s unusual imagination promises a rich future in writing.” —The New York Times

“Beautifully illuminates our terror of death and yearning for love...The book, with its mythic and haunting language, will leave you breathless.” —Boston Herald

“From the first page, Joanna Scott...has hooked her reader and spins out the narrative. It’s the telling that is the glory here.” —The Providence Journal

“Mastery...The landscape and the characters are rendered... with the rhythms of a rare and natural beauty.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“An innovative conceit, remarkably sustained...Very special.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312421373
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
01/08/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Scott is the author of seven novels, including Tourmaline and Arrogance, as well as the story collection Various Antidotes. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award. She lives with her family in Rochester, New York.

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