by Christine Schutt
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Florida by Christine Schutt

Finalist for the 2004 National Book Award

Florida is the portrait of the artist as a young woman, an orphan's story full of loss and wonder, a familiar tale told in original language. Alice Fivey, fatherless at age seven, is left in the care of her relatives at ten when her love-wearied mother loses custody of her and submits to the sanitarium and years of psychiatric care. A namesake daughter locked in the orphan's move-around life, she must hold still while the seamstress pins her into someone not her mother. But they share the same name, so she is her mother, isn't she?

Alice finds consolation in books and she herself is a storyteller who must build a home for herself word by right word. Florida is her story, recalled in brief scenes of spare beauty and strangeness as Alice moves from house to house, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions, ever closer to the meaning of her experience. In this most elegiac and luminous novel, Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and above all, the life-giving power of language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156030540
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,217,121
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christine Schutt is the author of the novel Florida (Northwestern, 2004), a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction, and Nightwork (Dalkey Archive, 2000), a collection of short stories named by poet John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for the Times Literary Supplement. Her work, which has garnered an O. Henry Prize and a Pushcart Prize, is published widely in literary journals. Her new short-story collection A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2005. Schutt lives and teaches in New York City.

Place of Birth:

Watertown, Wisconsin


B.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin; M.F.A., Columbia University

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Florida 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Alexis_Altman More than 1 year ago
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. There is no character development at all. The only redeeming factor is that it is short. I would have stopped at page 5 except it was chosen for our book club selection. Alexis_Altman
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lead you out ofbthe airport smiling
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no real plot and I only finished the book because I never leave a book unfinished.
maggiemoore More than 1 year ago
I thought the writing style was different. As in unusual but nothing wrong with that. These people should try reading Mercy by Dworkin if they think this was hard to read. This story came together in bits and pieces and it was worth the read. I have read less interesting books written in perfect style and content. I'd rather it have some flair and this one did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost finished reading this book. No story line. Poorly developed characters. It was short, but felt like bad assigned reading. Glad I stopped when I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this could be semi auto bio it is not well written again reminded of my creative writing classes where we had to listen to the latest chapter of angst from others also looking for an agent this little before desk top self publishiing and affordable printer who perfect bound page counter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the writing style to be annoying and choppy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nobody Floridian here?