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Apparition & Late Fictions

A Novella and Stories

by Thomas Lynch

Apparition & Late Fictions
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2010, 216 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2011, 224 pages

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If the subject of the Inevitable piques your interest, may we suggest...
If you're looking for funeral fiction, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is the king of the canon. Its curious style creates a moving portrait of the Bundren Family attempting to bury its matriarch Addie Bundren. With almost sixty chapters and fifteen narrators, the novel is a diverse portrait of familial grief. Another brilliant account of death in the South is Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972. The passing of Judge Clint McKelva is the occasion for the novel, but his funeral and memory provide more than enough emotion and drama for his surviving daughter and young window. For something more contemporary, try Ian McEwan's Amsterdam, a dark, but perfect novella. It starts at the funeral of Molly Lane, a charming woman whose life and marriage were full of affairs, and follows three of her many lovers as their working and personal lives entangle.

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