Frances and Bernard

Frances and Bernard

by Carlene Bauer
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Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

Frances and Bernard meet in the summer of 1957. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can change the course of our lives.

They find their way to New York and, for a few whirling years, each other. The city is a wonderland for young people with dreams: cramped West Village kitchens, parties stocked with the sharp-witted and glamorous, taxis that can take you anywhere at all, long talks along the Hudson as the lights of the Empire State Building blink on above.

Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard imagines, through new characters with charms entirely their own, what else might have happened. In the grandness of the fall, can we love another person so completely that we lose our dreams?

In witness to all the wonder of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance, Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who help us discover who we are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547858258
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 460,008
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

CARLENE BAUER is the author of the memoir Not That Kind of Girl, described as "soulful" by Walter Kirn in Elle and "approaching the greatness of Cantwell" in the New York Post. She has written for the likes of n +1, Slate, Salon, and the New York Times.

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Lipchees More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this style of writing but it took me back to the period of time before the internet became such a signigicant part of our lives. Oh, to write and receive real handwritten letters with no acronyms and properly spelled words! Such a thing of the past! I loved everything about the two protagonists and enjoyed how their personalities unraveled through each letter.