Deep POV: Confessions of a Christian Writer

The ramblings of an emergent-realistic-edgy-working-for-God-and-the-pay-isn’t-that-great-sometimes-confused-christian-fiction writer (uh, that would be me).

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Amazon.com: Books: Florida

I started thinking about what Mark said in the comments yesterday, about Christine Schutt. And I agree with him. She did handle herself well despite the way the NYT treated her--not very well, to be honest. I don't know if I would've been so gracious. So, I looked up the book that got her nominated, Florida, and it sounds interesting although I'll probably wait until I can buy it used or in paperback. Here's the description or you can click on the link and read it at Amazon:

Florida is the portrait of the artist as a young woman, an orphan's story full of loss and wonder, a familiar tale told in original language. Alice Fivey, fatherless at age seven, is left in the care of her relatives at ten when her love-wearied mother loses custody of her and submits to the sanitarium and years of psychiatric care. A namesake daughter locked in the orphan's move-around life, she must hold still while the seamstress pins her into someone not her mother. But they share the same name, so she is her mother, isn't she?

Alice finds consolation in books and she herself is a storyteller who must build a home for herself word by right word. Florida is her story, recalled in brief scenes of spare beauty and strangeness as Alice moves from house to house, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions, ever closer to the meaning of her experience. In this most elegiac and luminous novel, Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and above all, the life-giving power of language.


Amazon.com: Books: Florida