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The Country of Loneliness

4.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  7 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Fiction. What happens to a soldier after war? What happens to the people he comes back to? THE COUNTRY OF LONELINESS is about concentric circles of the effects of war--on soldiers and survivors, on mothers, sisters, widows, wives and children. Dawn Paul's richly nuanced book portrays the life of a Depression-era boy who naively hopes that soldiering will allow him to escap ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Marick Press (first published 2009)
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Elizabeth Frankie Rollins
Sep 10, 2010 Elizabeth Frankie Rollins rated it it was amazing
This book uses fiction to its perfect edge. A stunning blend of memoir truth and fictive imagining in a seamless sewing of of 1970's childhood in modernity to a father's imagined life in the 1930's. Acute, lyrical language holds the reader in constant sway, while each part of the story builds to the emptiness of lost connection. Paul follows the broken traces of love early in the father's life, leading us to understand that the confession of loss at the end of the book (a loss bigger than death) ...more
Ellen
Nov 04, 2010 Ellen rated it really liked it
Powerfully written, powerfully felt, this hybrid of fiction, memoir and memory is spare and painful, but not without hope. While at times verging on repetitive, Dawn's slices of real and imagined life with an alcoholic father have stayed with me. While many memoirs end up weaker than they start, The Country of Loneliness holds its own-- actually more -- it finishes with a captivating, powerful turn. I recommend it to anyone wanting to write about their own lives or get a glimpse into the lives o ...more
Jocelyn
Oct 31, 2009 Jocelyn marked it as to-read
Dawn Paul is a poet of sprawling talent. I look forward to reading this, her first novel. Will report more soon.
Dawn Paul
Oct 30, 2009 Dawn Paul rated it it was amazing
This is my second novel.
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