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With complexity, bravery, and dry humor The Test details the frustrating push and pull between Pat and her eighty-year-old father who is attempting, for the third and last time, to pass the test to renew his driver’s license. Bryant’s unflinching gaze sees deep into the hearts of both parent and child, revealing the dramatic, awkward, and universal struggle each faces with ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
(first published 1991)
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This can be read in one setting, though it isn't really a novella. Beautifully descriptive and deeply felt, Bryant makes this novel more of a memoir in the reflective telling of her Italian immigrant parents' life. However, the focus is on her father's aging process as he attempts to get his driver's license renewed. And what a deeply observed process it is as he is difficult, stubborn, but sympathetic as well. In the background is her son and his partner with AIDS, her own position in the famil ...more