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As Ann Lord lies on her deathbed, her daughter delivers a balsam pillow from the attic. At first the ailing woman is confused, but suddenly the scent reminds her of the "wild tumult" she experienced 40 years earlier:
Something stole into her as she walked in the dark, a dream she'd had long ago. The air was so black she was unable to see her arms, it was a warm summer night. Above her she could make out the dark line of the tops of spruce trees and a sky lit with stars. She felt the warm tar through the soles of her shoes. The boy beside her took her hand.In the porous world between conscious and unconscious the protagonist of Evening revisits the great passions of her life, along with its considerable disappointments. The boy in the dark remains the fixed point--not so much because he is the most important man in her life, but because of the untapped possibilities he represents. Meanwhile, friends and relations come to sit by Ann Lord's side as she veers between clarity and feverish recollection.
In her third novel, Susan Minot takes some new risks--her narrative spanning seven decades of memory and her style ranging from Stegneresque particularity to the exquisite abstraction Virginia Woolf perfected in To the Lighthouse. Equal parts memory and desire, fiction and poetry, Evening is a seductive story made more so by the measured pace of details emerging, one by one, like stars. --Cristina Del Sesto --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A dying woman's abiding passion for a lover she met in her 20s propels this eloquent third novel by the gifted author of Monkeys and Folly. As 65-year-old cancer patient Ann Grant Lord drifts in and out of a morphine-induced haze, her recollections range back and forth between 1954 and 1994, mulling over the influences that have shaped her life. In particular, she clings to the memory of Harris Arden, the young doctor she met at the wedding of her best friend, Lila Wittenborn, and their brief affair, which he ended to marry another. Resigned to a life without bliss, Ann subsequently sang in cabarets and accumulated husbands, survived motherhood, widowhood and the death of her 12-year-old son but never knew another passion like the one she felt for Harris. With insight and sensitivity, Minot sketches the small daily travails of the deathbed vigils shared by Ann's friends and step-siblings and keeps tension high by skillfully foreshadowing (or back-shadowing) certain of the novel's largest, saddest events, all the while withholding longed-for particulars. The day after the wedding, we eventually learn, the Wittenborns suffered a crushing loss. The juxtaposition of Ann's heartbreak with the more universal tragedy that affected her friend's family accentuates the novel's achingly poignant climax. As the end nears, Ann's drug-induced hallucinations, memories and imagined conversations with Harris all merge into one roiling stream in which Minot's flair for dramatization comes to the fore, rendering her heroine's experience of love at first sight plausible and enviable. Minot has created in Ann a woman whose ardent past allows her to face death while savoring the exhilaration that marked her full and passionate life. Editor, Jordan Pavlin; agent, Georges Borchardt; Random House audio.
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This was my book club selection last month and I really liked it. It made for some interesting discussion among the group members aprticularly across generations.Published 2 months ago by Robin
Susan Minot's writing is graceful, and her attempt at capturing the mindset of someone transitioning out of this life is moving. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Lodovi
As Ann Lord lies on her deathbed, her daughter delivers a balsam pillow from the attic. Read more
A magnificent story which I found made me look back on my life constantly while reading it. I love books that will make you think and add a dimension that you have not considered... Read morePublished 12 months ago by mareander mare'
Interesting. I wonder if that's how any of us will feel when we are suffering a lingering death? Maybe this is from the horses mouth!Published 15 months ago by Kathryn J. Byerly
I didn't particularly enjoy this book. While the writing style was somewhat unique, in the sense that it was not very coherent (it's not supposed to be since it's the ramblings of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by em04
This was one of the better books I have read in awhile. I had a hard time putting it down even though it wasn't a fast mover by any means. It was sad and nostalgic. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ginger D
In 1955 Ann Grant attends the wedding of her best friend in Maine. During that fateful weekend she falls in love with a young doctor from Chicago. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marion Marchetto, author of The Bridgewater Chronicles
You can watch the movie, but the book is way better, so what are you waiting for? Buy it nowPublished on May 23, 2013 by Antonio C. F. Berto