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Because a Fire Was in My Head (Flyover Fiction Series)

Stegner, Lynn

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ISBN 10: 0803211392 / ISBN 13: 9780803211391
Editorial: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2007
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Signed and inscribed by the author in the year of publication, on the front free end paper. Nice jacket blurbs by Bret Lott, Jim Harrison, and Frederick Turner. Book and BroDart protected jacket are without faults. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. N° de ref. de la librería PC 24-19

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Título: Because a Fire Was in My Head (Flyover ...

Editorial: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska

Año de publicación: 2007

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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"Brave and old-fashioned, Stegner's supple use of language and precise evocation of period and place bring a literary intuitiveness to this inventive portrait of a scheming temptress, rendering with disarming psychological acuity Kate's warring self-serving and self-destructive tendencies. Kate is too egocentric to be a sympathetic heroine, yet through Stegner's masterful treatment, she does become a forceful, persuasive, and wholly mesmerizing character." Booklist "Stegner (Undertow;Fata Morgana ) follows the tragic arc of Kate Riley, whose lifetime of self-destructive behavior takes her from rural Canada to a seaside cottage in northern California with plenty of gloomy pit stops along the way. Born in 1931 in Netherfield, Saskatchewan, Kate is her daddy's little girl, but he dies of cancer when she is 10. Before she turns 18, Kate flees her egotistical mother and the cruel prairie life for Vancouver, where she gets pregnant, gives up her baby girl for adoption and attempts suicide. She marries the older, affluent hotel owner Gregor Vancleve and has a son with him, but when Gregor's "vigor" fades, Kate has quickie affairs until Gregor divorces her. Similar behavioral patterns haunt Kate's subsequent moves to Seattle, San Francisco and Monterey. Alluring and gorgeous, Kate manipulates and seduces to get by and manically obsesses over her health and weight. Kate's downward spiral is undoubtedly grim, but Stegner punctuates it with muted hints of redemption; the result is uncommonly satisfying." Publishers "Sometimes a character comes along that creates a confusion of feelings within the reader. Beautiful, ambitious, and self-centered young Kate Riley, the protagonist of this latest novel from Stegner, is one of those characters. Abused by her mother and abandoned after the death of her father, Kate is as lonely as the Canadian plains where she grows up. But she soon realizes her ticket out of town-her sexuality. After escaping the prairie, Kate tries to find her own self-worth in each man she encounters and winds up in one bad relationship after another-not to mention a series of children she doesn't love and discards once she feels they have served their usefulness. Unfortunately, there is very little to like about Kate, a woman who rejects anything that might provide emotional stability, instead gravitating toward bad choices and worse situations (reminding one of that classic heroine we love to hate, Madame Bovary). Who can say what made Kate the way she is-her upbringing, the repressive culture, depression?-but that's what makes this complex and emotional literary novel a compelling yet troubling experience. Recommended for larger public libraries". Library Journal -Kellie Gillespie, City of Mesa Lib., AZ "A novel fully realized on every level, "Because a Fire Was in My Head" is a provocative literary work of weight and luster. A risky, intermittently melodramatic tale, it casts light both on the timeless mysteries of the human psyche and on the paradoxes of a notoriously contrary epoch, namely, post-World War II North America... Stegner's bold and stunning novel reminds us that for all the transformations of the tactile world, the country of the spirit remains the same, impelling us to sing the song of being human, as Yeats writes, "Till time and times are done." LA Times Book Review " ... [a] stunning new novel ... The poetic detail of Stegner's sentences is reminiscent of the novels of John Updike. An old-fashioned wordsmith, Stegner isn't particularly interested in postmodern gimmickry, preferring to tell a good story."--International Herald Tribune, 5 May 2007

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