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Blue Field

Blue Field

by Elise Levine


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"Elise Levine uses language as a dare—tough, intense, almost defensive; ironically, it only heightens the effect of her compassion, which pierces the narrative with equal immediacy. From this edginess her vivid characters—who, in various states of ruin and repair, struggle towards a sense of family—emerge as authentic as bone."—Anne Michaels

When her friend Jane dies while exploring an underwater cave with her husband Rand, Marilyn takes up diving again, to honor—and outdo—her late friend. Marilyn drags Rand with her as she increasingly pushes herself far past her limits and skill level, endangering them both in their private underwater version of hell.

Recalling the best of Mary Gaitskill and Lidia Yuknavitch, this gripping, tense novel explores the tangled lives of three driven risk-addicts—deeply flawed people bound and propelled and ultimately unraveled by desire, loss, and guilt. Driven by character, foregrounding language and form, at times fabulist and dystopic in style, the novel's heightened sexual atmosphere and psychological distress immerse the reader in a world of unforgettable depth and darkness.

After more than two decades since the release of her sensational, critically-acclaimed collection Driving Men Mad, Blue Field marks the much-anticipated return to form for Levine.

Elise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel Requests and Dedications. She lives in Baltimore, and directs the MA in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University.

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ISBN-13: 9781771961516
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel Requests and Dedications. Her work has also appeared in The Journey Prize Anthology, and Best Canadian Stories. Originally from Toronto, ON, she now lives in Baltimore, MD, and is Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University.

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