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The Resource Grief, Andrew Holleran

Grief, Andrew Holleran

Label
Grief
Title
Grief
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Holleran
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A pensive, creative, and haunting novel that speaks expressly to the heart without sentimentality, by the author of Dancer from the Dance (1978), an important novel from the 1970s-'80s gay-lit renaissance. The title of Holleran's new novel states its theme. He offers the story of a middle-aged gay man heading to Washington, D.C., to live and teach for a short term, to get away from his hometown after his mother's death. He takes a room in an elegant townhouse owned by another middle-aged gay man, who is slowly and quietly grieving over the loss of youthful energy, attractiveness, and prowess. While living in Washington and commiserating with his landlord and the friend they have in common over the loss of lives the tsunami of AIDS caused in the '80s, he rather accidentally picks up a volume containing the letters of Mary Todd Lincoln, and he is taken by her grief and sense of displacement after her husband's death and ends up reading every page. His plan, however, especially in coming to Washington, is to start life over again, which Mrs. Lincoln was never able to do--her grief and loneliness became a deep well from which she couldn't escape. Holleran's "message"--that grief is never avoidable for any of us--is so sensitively rendered that it never impedes the swift development of the story line. - from Booklist (ALA)
Summary
Grieving over the death of his invalid mother, a jaded professor heads for the nation's capital to recuperate and finds in his lonely and repressed landlord, the city and its architecture, and the letters and journals of Mary Todd Lincoln insights into America and the feelings of loneliness, yearning, and mourning
Character
Award
Stonewall Book Award for the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, 2007.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
144197
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.O3496
LC item number
G75 2006
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
Grief, Andrew Holleran
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
2550048
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
150 p.
Isbn
9781401302504
Lccn
2005045627
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm61879777
  • (OCoLC)61879777
Label
Grief, Andrew Holleran
Publication
Control code
2550048
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
150 p.
Isbn
9781401302504
Lccn
2005045627
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm61879777
  • (OCoLC)61879777

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