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Overview

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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446670388
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/19/1994
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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