Big as Life

Big as Life

Three Tales for Spring

Format
Paperback
Price
$13.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142001202
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

The second volume in Maureen Howard‘s planned quartet of fictions based on the seasons reaffirms her reputation as one of America’s most highly regarded authors. In the title piece, Howard presents an ambitious exploration of the life and work of John James Audubon, revealing how his dedication to his masterpiece, The Birds of America, devoured everyone around him, including his wife, Lucy. In “Children with Matches,” a feminist historian discovers that the hard lessons of the past may be a route to responsibility in the present. “The Magdalene” is a tale of willful innocence and loss of faith about a woman who comes to New York in the 1930s to be the nanny of a wealthy family. Thoughtful, intricate, and insightful, Howard’s stories are compelling achievements.

Praise

“A splendid new triptych of novellas.” John Leonard, The New York Times Book Review

“Succeeds in gorgeously evoking the movement of lives and minds and emotion . . . This is a quiet, contemplative book of subtlety and grace, passion and commitment.” The Atlantic Monthly
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