Overview

Home for the summer in Dunleith, Alabama, Rhoda Manning’s life appears at ease. But the headstrong, passionate 19-year-old refuses to settle for a comfortable, conventional existence. Yearning for a life of profundity, adventure, and beauty, Rhoda breaks from the seemingly secure world of her family to recklessly follow her dreams—but not without tragic and disturbing consequences. A failed marriage, shady abortion, an impulsive decision to sneak into a midnight meeting of the Klan, dates with her shrink, a ...
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Net of Jewels

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Overview

Home for the summer in Dunleith, Alabama, Rhoda Manning’s life appears at ease. But the headstrong, passionate 19-year-old refuses to settle for a comfortable, conventional existence. Yearning for a life of profundity, adventure, and beauty, Rhoda breaks from the seemingly secure world of her family to recklessly follow her dreams—but not without tragic and disturbing consequences. A failed marriage, shady abortion, an impulsive decision to sneak into a midnight meeting of the Klan, dates with her shrink, a deluge of booze, and a bout of repentance all seem to vie as the means to Rhoda's own liberation. Gilchrist unflinchingly takes us through the turbulence of Rhoda’s formative years, on an outrageous coming-of-age journey of a young white woman in the 1960’s South—digging through the bone to reveal the chill of human experience.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
One of the lies we enjoy telling ourselves is that when we were young, we were crazy and wild. But hey, sensitive, too, and reflective, full of conscience, already evolving into the mature human beings we are now. Ellen Gilchrist`s novel, "Net of Jewels," provides an uncomfortable reminder that, more likely, we were controlled by brute forces-our raw emotions and emerging libidos, our parents and our desperate need to fit in, whatever that meant where and when we grew up.
Los Angeles Times
Ellen Gilchrist refracts life through a prism of precious gems, a net of jewels. Her fiction is always a kind of prose poem, a dance of seven veils. Like all of Gilchrist’s work, her latest novel dazzles and pulsates, and even in the few passages of below-normal sheen, “Net of Jewels” still qualifies as an almost imperceptibly flawed diamond.
Entertainment Weekly
In her ninth book, Ellen Gilchrist tracks a 19-year-old who drinks too much, marries too young, and is bored by her own children. The plucky Rhoda Manning has appeared in many of Gilchrist's short stories; in "Net of Jewels" she positively struts. ... She struggles to free herself from the constraints of upper-crust Southern society, yet insists on enjoying all its advantages. An engaging novel [with] beauty and emotional horsepower.
London Daily Telegraph
Ellen Gilchrist’s achievement is to create lives which refuse to be bound on the page by words and sentences . . . the writing is full of understanding that doesn’t advertise itself as perception or insight.
San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
She is what they call a natural, writing with passion, authority and a noticeable lack of the self-consciousness that weighs down much of contemporary fiction.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148616177
  • Publisher: DCA, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 611,175
  • File size: 349 KB

Meet the Author

Ellen Gilchrist is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including novels, short story collections, essays and poetry. Her new collection of stories, ACTS OF GOD, will be published in April 2014 by Algonquin, along with the paperback release of her novel A DANGEROUS AGE. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at the University of Arkansas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    Idiotic; Boring

    This book was quite boring, and idiotic. The unprofoundly stupidness of Rhoda Manning was so shepeshly boring and annoying, it made the whole book not worth while. Might as well set up a bed, because you will be falling asleep before you even start the book.

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