Spence & Lila: A Love Story

Spence & Lila: A Love Story

by Bobbie Ann Mason, LaNelle Mason
     
 

Since the night they eloped as teenagers over forty years ago, Spence and Lila have spent a lifetime together. Now Lila has been diagnosed with breast cancer and faces surgery. Spence visits her in the hospital, but the notion of losing his wife is sometimes more than he can bear. He retreats to his fields, to his dog, and to the garden Lila has tended so lovingly

Overview

Since the night they eloped as teenagers over forty years ago, Spence and Lila have spent a lifetime together. Now Lila has been diagnosed with breast cancer and faces surgery. Spence visits her in the hospital, but the notion of losing his wife is sometimes more than he can bear. He retreats to his fields, to his dog, and to the garden Lila has tended so lovingly through the years.

While the children rally to their mother and the neighbors stock the refrigerator, Spence and Lila each recall moments, spent together and apart, that have infused their shared life with subtle, unspoken meaning. Harmoniously, their strands of memory twine into a single narrative, revealing the humor, perseverance, and faith essential to turning two ordinary people into one enduring and happy union.

Editorial Reviews

Nancy Mairs
I can't think of a more heartening gift than this unsentimentally affectionate depiction of marriage.... -- The Los Angeles Times
Michiko Kakutani
Bobby Ann Mason's lean, stripped-down language...her nearly pitch-perfect ear for the way her characters speak...and her sure-handed ability to evoke Spence and Lila's life together on the farm...lend their story poignance and authenticity. -- The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880015943
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

Bobbie Ann Mason has won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her books include In Country and Feather Crowns. She lives in her native Kentucky.

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