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Positions With White Roses: A Novel

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After a self-imposed 12-year exile in Europe, a young woman finally returns home to visit her twin sister and parents. It is the holidays, but this homecoming goes awry from the start. For years the elderly parents have hardly spoken to each other, and the sister, Laura, who always before has come home at this time of year, is inexplicably absent. And yet, as parents and t ...more
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"Positions With White Roses" is one of the most unnerving books I've come across.
Molinaro presents us with TWO main characters, first the unloved, unknown daughter (who remains unnamed throughout the novel) and then her missing/MISSed sister Laura. From birth, Laura suffers from extreme physical pain. Because of this suffering, she is elevated to the level of adoration, perhaps as a form of atonement for her panic-stricken mother and her abusive mortician-father. Because Laura is the center of h
When a book is written explicitly in a "form" (the subtitle for this novel is A Novel in the Shape of Cross) there is often a danger that the form will come to predominate the text, the style, and ultimately the impact. Not true in the case of this book. The form appears natural, even with sentences crossing each other, ideas vivisecting other thoughts, and the action-poetry that interrupts the ethereal, cerebral prose. That prose shifts between 3 present character and the absence of a fourth ch ...more
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Ursule Molinaro was a prolific novelist, playwright, translator and visual artist, the author of 12 novels, two collections of short prose works, innumerable short stories for literary magazines and dozens of translations from the French and German. She lived and wrote in French in Paris until shortly after World War II, when she came to New York in 1949 to work as a multilingual proofreader for t ...more
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