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Howard Norman, widely regarded as one of this country's finest novelists, returns to the mesmerizing fictional terrain of his major books--"The Bird Artist," "The Museum Guard," and "The Haunting of L"--in this erotically charged and morally complex story.
Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges--the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. The suicides cause Wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda.
Setting in motion the novel's chain of life-altering passions and the wartime perfidy at its core is the arrival of the German student Hans Mohring, carrying only a satchel. Actual historical incidents--including a German U-boat's sinking of the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland ferry "Caribou," on which Aunt Constance Hillyer might or might not be traveling--lend intense narrative power to Norman's uncannily layered story.
Wyatt's account of the astonishing--not least to him-- events leading up to his fathering of a beloved daughter spills out twenty-one years later. It's a confession that speaks profoundly of the mysteries of human character in wartime and is directed, with both despair and hope, to an audience of one.
An utterly stirring novel. This is Howard Norman at his celebrated best.
Title: What Is Left the Daughter
Publisher: New York, Houghton Mifflin: 2010
ISBN Number: 0618735437
ISBN Number 13: 9780618735433
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: fine Jacket
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Seller ID: 0001008
Description: 243pp. Small 8vo. Signed by the author on the title page, this is a novel of the passions -- tender, obsessive, even murderous -- that are unleashed by a wartime love triangle. Book is tight, unread, has a complete number line (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1), and is unmarked in any way. Brodart protected.