The Whalestoe Letters: From House of Leaves

The Whalestoe Letters: From House of Leaves

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by Mark Z. Danielewski, Pelafina H. Lievre, Walden D. Wyrhta
     
 

Between 1982 and 1989, Pelafina H. Lièvre sent her son, Johnny Truant, a series of letters from The Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a psychiatric facility in Ohio where she spent the final years of her life. Beautiful, heartfelt, and tragic, this correspondence reveals the powerful and deeply moving relationship between a brilliant though mentally ill

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Between 1982 and 1989, Pelafina H. Lièvre sent her son, Johnny Truant, a series of letters from The Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a psychiatric facility in Ohio where she spent the final years of her life. Beautiful, heartfelt, and tragic, this correspondence reveals the powerful and deeply moving relationship between a brilliant though mentally ill mother and the precocious, gifted young son she never ceases to love.

Originally contained within the monumental House of Leaves, this collection stands alone as a stunning portrait of mother and child. It is presented here along with a foreword by Walden D. Wyhrta and eleven previously unavailable letters.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“From the madhouse, Johnny Truant’s mother writes some of the most tender, chilling, faux-psychotic writing I’ve ever read. This dangerous, lucid, confused but very eloquent lady . . . is playful, apologetic, crazed, paranoid, self-abasing, cunning—a tigress with a gift for gab.”
—Robert Kelly, The New York Times Book Review
 
The Whalestoe Letters are dazzling.”
—Steven Moore, The Washington Post
 
“Danielewski has a songwriter’s heart.”
—John Freeman, Time Out New York

Robert Kelly
From the madhouse, Johny Truant's mother writes some of the most tender, chilling, faux-psychotic writing I've eer read. This dangerous, lucid, confused but very eloquent lady...is playful, apologetic, crazed, paranoid, self-abasing, cunning--a tigress with a gift for gab. — The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375714412
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/10/2000
Pages:
86
Sales rank:
116,976
Product dimensions:
4.96(w) x 8.11(h) x 0.33(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Z. Danielewski was born in 1966.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
March 5, 1966
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1988; M.F.A., University of Southern California, 1993
Website:
http://www.onlyrevolutions.com

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The Whalestoe Letters: From House of Leaves 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, which I have not personally read, is a collection of letters that are found in the back of the excellent book - House of Leaves. It contains all of the letters that House of Leaves does and an additional eleven letters. I can see only two reasons to buy this book, 1. You are a very hardcore fan of House of Leaves and absolutely 'need' to own the eleven additional letters that are included in this book. 2. You don't want to read House of Leaves but are interested in at least a part of that story.
GeneticBlue More than 1 year ago
A wonderful companion to House of Leaves and a dramatic insight into what it might be like to explore the mind of the mentally unstable in an already strange environment.  Loved it.
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