Título: Pirouettes Get No Applause in Goldengrove
Editorial: 1st Books Library
Año de publicación: 2002
Condición del libro: Used: Very Good
Edición: 1st, signed.
To the other passengers aboard a transatlantic ocean liner, Katharine Monahan might seem like a typical sixteen-year-old American girl on her way to study in a Junior-Year-Abroad program. What they don't know is that her family physician has given her only a year to live. Desperate to realize every dream she's ever had, she has left family, school, and friends in New Orleans to live in the only place she believes she truly belongs: Paris, France. But the Paris of 1986 proves not to be the Paris of Piaf, Chevalier, and Colette. Language and cultural barriers, hard as they may be, will prove the least of the crises she will face. Lonely and alienated in her newly adopted home, she finds solace and companionship with a congregation of expatriate American artists and misfits at Lost Generation Bookstore. Shadowed by the consciousness of her own mortality and driven by a panic-stricken desire to drink up as much experience as she can leads her into a number of bizarre relationships and even dangerous situations which challenge every moral, religious, and political belief she has ever held, but also expose the political and moral hypocrisy of those with whom she is involved. Among these is an expatriate American with heavy Marxist-Leninist leanings as well as a questionable past; a fashion designer with an equally questionable sexuality; a wealthy American businessman, who knows only how to wield power but is incapable of love, and a spoiled art student, whose immediate family prove to be a sample of French bourgeoisie life at its worst. Strengthened by her ordeals, she is suddenly overcome by a tragic new set of circumstances she cannot handle. Fleeing to the south of France, she is taken into the home of a wealthy Riviera couple, whose hospitality is inspired by motives less disinterested than they at first seem. A pilgrimage to Lourdes in the company of a kind yet worldly-wise young nun seems to promise a way out ofAbout the Author:
Leland William Howard was born in Jackson, Tennessee. He attended the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and for many years resided in New Orleans where he worked as a hospital orderly, groundskeeper, and secretary. He was also a periodic contributor to Impact, Gulf South News and The Advocate. He was an active member of the Louisiana Gay Political Action Caucus, Crescent City Coalition, and a member of the New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus which participated in the First National Gay Choral Festival held at Lincoln Center in New York City in September 1983. In 1986 he embarked upon a year of study at both the Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne and L'Alliance Francaise in Paris. Upon his return to the States, he studied acting under the late Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio, interpreting the female characters in Shakespeare's plays. In 1990 he acted as administrative assistant and publicist for the summer season of The Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania, publishing a number of feature and interview stories in local and regional newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, amongst them the Lockhaven Express and The Centre Daily Times. Returning to New Orleans in 1991, he completed his first novel, THE GRASS HUT, and a novella, ON THE EDGE. Since his return to New York, he has written a second novel, PIROUETTES GET NO APPLAUSE IN GOLDENGROVE, which he recently adapted into a screenplay and a short-story collection entitled THE STAIN ON THE PEW AND OTHER STORIES. His latest short story, ELIZABETH, can be seen in the Fall Issue of The Olivetree Review. Leland William Howard is also a subject of biographical record in the Millenium Edition of Marquis' Who's Who in the World (the 17th Edition). He presently resides in New York City with his beloved Bordie Collie mix, Betsy.
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