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The Square Root of Wonderful

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ISBN-10: 0877971889
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The Underground Railroad
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About the Author

Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and Clock Without Hands. Born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917, she became a promising pianist and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York when she was seventeen, but lacking money for tuition, she never attended classes. Instead she studied writing at Columbia University, which ultimately led to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the novel that made her an overnight literary sensation. On September 29, 1967, at age fifty, she died in Nyack, New York, where she is buried.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cherokee Publishing Company (GA) (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877971889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877971887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mollie Lovejoy, described as "a beautiful young woman" (who turns out to be thirty years old) has a house and apparently a barn on a small apple farm in NY. An architect's car has broken down on the road and she picks him up. He falls in love with her at first sight, and immediately boards with her, in the barn I found out later. I was wondering how all these people managed to stuff themselves in a two bedroom house. Her ex-husband's mother and sister are also staying with her. Her son, Paris, has to sleep on the couch.

She married her husband Phillip, a writer, when she was fifteen, a day after they met at the Peach Festival and impulsively had sex in a briar patch. Although Phillip was engaged to the daughter of the governor of Georgia, not to mention that since his younger sister is forty now, he has to be at least eleven years older than Mollie, and probably more. So...a twenty-six year old man with a fifteen year old girl. Phillip used to beat Mollie and throw her outside naked, plus he drank a lot. He cheated on her, also a lot. She stayed with him because "he had a lot of charm." But she did divorce him when he said she used clichés. Then she remarried him because she was "under a spell." Then he divorced her because he found someone he liked better. However, Phillip thinks he can come and go as he pleases, and Mollie allows this.

But now the architect wants her. Her former mother-in-law tries to throw John Tucker together with her daughter, Sister. Mollie has told John that Sister came out (debuted) fifteen years ago, and nothing happened, so she was a great disappointment to her mother. However, Sister herself told John Tucker that she's forty, so that would have meant that she came out when she was twenty-five.
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