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Lily Beach
     

Lily Beach

by Jennie Fields
 

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This complex and widely acclaimed debut novel tells the story a talented artist who's rush of sexual pleasure with anonymous partners becomes her escape from painful memories—until one of the three important men in her life becomes a catalyst for violence, tragedy, and life-changing force. "One of the most memorable female characters in recent

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This complex and widely acclaimed debut novel tells the story a talented artist who's rush of sexual pleasure with anonymous partners becomes her escape from painful memories—until one of the three important men in her life becomes a catalyst for violence, tragedy, and life-changing force. "One of the most memorable female characters in recent fiction"—Entertainment Weekly.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After an overwrought beginning, Fields's first novel develops into an intense, well-plotted narrative, rich in symbolism and imagination. During the 1960s, Lily Beach moves from Iowa City to Illinois and back in desperate attempts to erase the emotional scars left by a childhood of abuse, inconstancy and loss. Like Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's The Awakening , Lily uses both art (she's a printmaker) and sex as means for self-expression and self-annihilation. She is involved with three men who threaten to suffocate her with the very qualities that draw her to them: Will's angry exhilarating passion; Ted's sense of propriety; Andre's artistic intensity. A fourth man, Jack, hovers in the background, following her everywhere. Fields diminishes the impact of her characterization through overstatement and unnecessary explanation; her writing is sometimes marked by the same excesses that define Lily's life. Still, the prose often has the brilliant immediacy of a photograph, making this probing examination of sexuality, identity and love a promising debut. BOMC featured alternate. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446670388
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/19/1994
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Jennie Fields received an MA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of the novels Lily Beach, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, and The Middle Ages. An Illinois native, she spent twenty-five years as an advertising creative director in New York and currently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.

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