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Courage Of Girls (Rutgers Press Fiction) Hardcover – March 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Rutgers Press Fiction
  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813517710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813517711
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,078,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Loretta Costello St. Cyr doesn't want to kill time--she wants to save it, observing, reflecting but otherwise expending minimal energy; that McGarry ( The Very Rich Hours ) creates a lively novel around so quiet a character is impressive. Loretta is married to the opinionated, brilliant, difficult Daniel, who is working on his philosophy dissertation. The story, set primarily in New York City's East and West villages, picks up at different points during the 1970s and is interspersed with Loretta's memories of her childhood. She spends her days drawing, rereading an old recipe book and visiting with Margaret, an artist who collects figurines and small statues as well as assorted boyfriends. Unable to get over her depression following a miscarriage, Loretta retreats to the suburban home of the aunt and uncle who raised her after her alcoholic parents died in a car crash when she was nine. Daniel, desperate and confused, waits for her return. McGarry's deftly drawn characters--notably Loretta's mother, a drunk who hates housework but has a special gift for ironing--give this poignant novel its vibrancy.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Returning to the themes of isolation and the centrality of memory explored in her well-received The Very Rich House (Johns Hopkins, 1987), McGarry creates an intricate novel, set in New York during the 1970s, about the marriage and friendships of Loretta Costello St. Cyr. Orphaned as a child, Loretta has made emotional withdrawal a matter of habit. She observes with detachment the foibles of her student-philosopher husband and reflects sharply and sorrowfully on the layers within her relationships. But it is through her memories, as the narrative intertwines past with present, that Loretta conceives of a future. A story of courage found, this well-crafted work should appeal to readers of serious fiction.
- Jan Blodgett, St. Mary's Cty. Records Ctr. & Archives, Leonardtown, Md.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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