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Retratos de Will

Retratos de Will

by Ann Beattie, Marta Alcaraz
     
 

Jody is the mother of five-year-old Will and a promising artist who currently works as a wedding photographer in Virginia. Her boyfriend Mel wants to marry her and tries to convince her to move to New York, where he works in an art gallery. Will goes for a visit with his father in Florida, but his father treats each of these visits as an invasion of privacy. The

Overview

Jody is the mother of five-year-old Will and a promising artist who currently works as a wedding photographer in Virginia. Her boyfriend Mel wants to marry her and tries to convince her to move to New York, where he works in an art gallery. Will goes for a visit with his father in Florida, but his father treats each of these visits as an invasion of privacy. The lives of the characters in this novel showcase the complexity of the postmodern family, the product of an era in which human relationships are more and more fragmented and take less stable and defined forms. This novel is an unsettling tale about emotional survival, but it is also a reflection on universal themes such as the fear of commitment, sex, and childhood fears.

Jody es madre de un niño de cinco años, Will, y una prometedora artista que, de momento, trabaja como fotógrafa de bodas en Virginia. Su novio, Mel, quiere casarse con ella y trata de convencerla para que se mude a Nueva York, donde él trabaja en una galería de arte. Will va a visitar a su padre a Florida, pero este vive cada una de las visitas de su hijo como una intromisión en su intimidad. Las vidas de los personajes que pueblan esta novela muestran la complejidad de la familia postmoderna, fruto de un tiempo en el que las relaciones humanas son cada vez más fragmentarias y adoptan formas menos estables y definidas. Esta novela es un inquietante relato sobre la supervivencia emocional, pero también una acertada reflexión sobre temas tan universales como la aversión al compromiso, el sexo o los miedos infantiles.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Beattie's] style builds around as a maze of familiar truth that nevertheless has something airy, eerie, and in the end lovely about it."  —New Yorker

"Beattie offers gimlet insights on the compromises of marriage, men's emotional armor, sex as escape, the terrors of childhood."  —Publishers Weekly, on the English-language edition

"Ann Beattie has created a surprising, lyrical and deeply affecting work that is both radical in its movement and perfectly attuned to its telling."  —New York Times, on the English-language edition

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788492663095
Publisher:
Libros del Asteroide
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Edition description:
Spanish-language edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Ann Beattie is an American short story writer and novelist who received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a PEN/Bernard Malamud Award for excellence in the short story form. She is the author of seven novels and eight short story collections. She currently teaches at the University of Virginia.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Maine and Key West, Florida
Date of Birth:
September 8, 1947
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A., American University, 1969; M.A., University of Connecticut, 1970

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