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Fanny Howe's heroine, in this brilliant novel of an individual's search for identity, is born of a well-to-do Boston family. Disgusted with her upbringing, and desiring to be for once "on the right side of history," Gemma seeks to better know herself and the "real" world by entering a radically new life. Blessed by her mother's italian ancestry with dark, curling hair and ...more
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published April 30th 2000 by Sun and Moon Press (first published March 28th 1989)
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One of those books that are lyrical and beautiful and I love it at first but then about half way in I feel like I have very little connection to the characters even though there is so much insightful language. I feel this way a lot when reading novels written by poets, it's almost like the lack of excess mundanity is a barrier to getting into the rhythm of the book for me. Sometimes that boring prosey stuff has to be there for something to open up, and for a sort of intimacy to be established. I ...more
I have a big writer crush on Fanny Howe.
Her take on the human experience, her sentences blow me away.
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Fanny Howe is an American poet, novelist and short story writer.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father was a lawyer and her mother, Mary Manning, was born in Dublin and wrote plays and acted for the Abbey Theatre before moving to the United States. Her sister is the poet, Susan Howe and her daughter is the novelist, Danzy Senna[1]

Howe is one of the most widely read of Ame
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“There is no longer any class outside the class of character, and no history to put your faith in.
You can actually live as if you have no culture, no perspective particular to a date in time.
You are an individual whose prime and solitary property is your own body.
Dying becomes a hell beyond all reason or justice in this ahistorical context.”
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