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The Sorrow Proper
     

The Sorrow Proper

by Lindsey Drager
 

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The Sorrow Proper is a novel-length investigation of the anxiety that accompanies change. A group of aging librarians must decide whether to fight or flee from the end of print and the rise of electronic publications, while the parents of the young girl who died in front of the library struggle with their role in her loss. Anchored by the transposed stories

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The Sorrow Proper is a novel-length investigation of the anxiety that accompanies change. A group of aging librarians must decide whether to fight or flee from the end of print and the rise of electronic publications, while the parents of the young girl who died in front of the library struggle with their role in her loss. Anchored by the transposed stories of a photographer and his deaf mathematician lover each mourning the other's death, The Sorrow Proper attempts to illustrate how humans of all relations—lovers, parents, colleagues—cope with and challenge social "progress," a mechanism that requires we ignore, and ultimately forget, the residual in order to make room for the new, to tell a story that resists "The End."

This debut novel explores the hypothetical end of the public library system and a young theory in the hard sciences called Many Worlds, a branch of quantum mechanics that strives to prove mathematically that our lives do not follow a singular, linear path.

Lindsey Drager's prose has appeared most recently in Web Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, West Branch Wired, Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. A Michigan native, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver where she edits the Denver Quarterly.

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Library Journal
★ 04/15/2015
As a group of public librarians work to keep their library from closing, a couple mourns the accidental death of their daughter who was struck down in front of the library, and an unnamed photographer and his deaf mathematician lover each explore their grief over the other's death. Through their stories, debut novelist Drager exposes readers to Many Worlds, a theory within quantum mechanics which says that multiple realities or histories are capable of unfolding. The librarians wrestle with changes to their environment brought on by the end of print, attempting to implement any number of new services to hold off the inevitable. By way of their struggles, Drager investigates the nature and purpose of the library and more broadly the impact of change on a societal and individual basis. Her prose is elegant and simple yet still capable of prodding readers to contemplate the larger questions of our existence, and she excels at investing her characters, even the nameless ones, with intimacy. VERDICT A remarkable and mature debut worthy of inclusion in all fiction collections; expect to see it nominated for several fiction awards.—Faye Chadwell, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938103001
Publisher:
Dzanc Books
Publication date:
04/21/2015
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
896,301

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Lindsey Drager's prose has appeared most recently in Web Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, West Branch Wired, Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. A Michigan native, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver where she edits the Denver Quarterly.

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