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The Last of Her Kind: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, December 12, 2006
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"A passionate honesty grips the heart of The Last of Her Kind. . . . [A] subtle and profoundly moving novel about friendship, romantic idealism, and shame."--O, The Oprah Magazine
"A book that feels . . . like the discovery of a crucial document, the riveting archive of the lives of the last of all kinds of dreamers."--Newsday
"An unflinching examination of justice, race, and political idealism that brings to mind Philip Roth's American Pastoral and the tenacious intelligence of Nadine Gordimer."--The New York Times
"Sigrid Nunez teaches an honors-level survey course in the sexual, political, and cultural movements that shaped the thinking (and rocked the world) of so many boomer women. Nunez's voice is unflinching and intimate, her novelistic structure as invitingly informal as jottings in a journal."--Entertainment Weekly
"A compelling account of the 1960s and their aftermath, a carefully written and discerning narrative with closely drawn portraits of two prototypical yet unique women trying to construct a friendship across an unbridgeable class divide."--The New York Times Book Review
"[A] powerful and acute social novel, perhaps the finest yet written about that peculiar generation of young Americans who believed their destiny was to shape history. . . . Don't miss it."--Salon.com
"A masterful construction of the troubled conscience of the era and its aftermath."--Kirkus Reviews
"There's much to admire here: incisive analysis about class, race, and the prison system, authoritative writing about the late '60s cultural landscape and lots of recognizable cultural markers of the time."--Kansas City Star
"Rich in historical detail, this unpredictable novel zeroes in on what it means to renounce class privilege and sacrifice oneself in the service of human betterment. Stunningly powerful, it is highly recommended."--Library Journal
"This is a novel about idealism and also about race relations, class, madness, rock music, and the true nature of love. It's a tribute to the skill and sensitivity of author Sigrid Nunez that The Last of Her Kind has something revelatory to say about each of these subjects. Decades from now, historians would do well to consult this book to get a true sense of how the upheavals of the late 1960s reverberated through the lives of young Americans from one who experienced this social earthquake firsthand."--The Baltimore Sun
"Told in a pastiche of styles and jump-cuts from past to present, The Last of Her Kind serves as both an homage to--and an indictment of--an era. . . . Immensely refreshing."--Boldtype
"Ambitiously conceived."--The Washington Post Book World
"This engrossing, beautiful novel will enthrall readers."--Booklist (starred review)
"By the end of this novel--propelled by rich, almost scholarly prose--all the parts come together to capture the violent idealism of the times while illuminating a moving truth about human nature."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Sigrid Nunez is also the author of the novels Naked Sleeper and For Rouenna. She has been the recipient of several awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. She currently lives in New York City.
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The scene in the affluent restaurant, while Judy Collins sings "Both Sides Now" in the background, is sublime!
/TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer "Been there, done that, got the proverbial T-shirt (which no longer fits this 40-years-older Boomer ;-) "
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Let's allow the writer, Sigrid Nunez, some slack. After all, we're on the same side, and she is that good.Read more