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Alice consoles herself with books, and she herself becomes a storyteller who must build her own home ...
Alice consoles herself with books, and she herself becomes a storyteller who must build her own home word by word. Florida is her story, told in brief scenes of spare beauty as Alice moves ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions, into adulthood and closer to the meaning of her own experience. In this most elegiac and luminous novel, Christine Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and, above all, the life-giving power of language.
Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction
"This slender book grows plump on language . . . Florida, like family, is a land where cruelty and tenderness can be nearly indistinguishable and the border between love and rage too often disappears."—Newsday
"The luxury of this debut novel is its rich, descriptive language. It's harnessed with powerful simplicity."—The Christian Science Monitor
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This is one of the worst books I have ever read. There is no character development at all. The only redeeming factor is that it is short. I would have stopped at page 5 except it was chosen for our book club selection. Alexis_AltmanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.