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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (March 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345379934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345379931
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,150,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are a lot of characters," Katelyn Wells says to Arista Bellefleurs in evaluating her new novel, which also constitutes the bulk of Ashley's novel. Indeed, plot is subordinated to an unwieldy web of relationships, centered on Greenwich Village. In the guise of fictional characters, Katelyn is attracted to Arista, in Arista's tale, but carries a torch for Nelson Little; Quentin Cox is hiding out in Italy because he has AIDS and his lover of 20 years, Buff Carrington, has disappeared. Long ago, Luke Serensons was one of the two lovers of Maggie Silvernails, who has returned to her Zuni roots in the desert. The other was Jamie Callahan, whose former wife, Eve, commits suicide by jumping out of a window, very near the Rev. Christian Davies (on whom Arista has a crush; Eve meets his late wife after she dies) and Henry Chang. Who is Henry Chang? Just another undeveloped character, like everyone else here. Ashley ( The Christ of the Butterflies ) drives home the interconnectedness of her characters by running scenes together like a transition in an Escher print. The story takes a forgiving view of humanity, yet it still reads like a Greenwich Village soap opera steeped in pretense and wan psychology.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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While the unearthly light of the Agincourt comet illumines the nighttime sky, a Native American woman disappears into the heart of the Arizona desert, longing to reunite with her ancient Zuni heritage . . . a hard-bitten New York City writer contemplates her lifetime pursuit of impossible romance . . . a besieged Belfast mother brings her brood of children to America . . . a salesman stuck in a small Midwestern town ponders his loveless life . . . a Presbyterian minister longs for his departed wife . . . and a wandering wise man listens to the voices of angels.
We are in the Country of the Great King . . . .

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By Michael Bergmann on January 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ashley has created a literary metaphor for universal consciousness in this book which interleaves the stories of 100 characters; somehow she manages to get us to enjoy each individual -- and at the end of the book we know we are all one.
From the vast orange dust of the American West to the lush green terror of Northern Ireland, Ashley knows more ways to be human than will ever occur to the book's central characters: a group of New Yorkers who are trying to answer the slippery questions of thei lives.
I love this book: it's both a story and a truth.
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