Blood Tie (Paperback) - Settle, Mary Lee

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Publisher University of South Carolina Press
Mfg Part# 9781570030970
SKU 30298120
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1570030979
Release Date 11/6/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Author Info
Mary Lee Settle
Mary Lee Settle was born into an upper-middle-class family (her father was a coal mine owner) and attended Sweet Briar College. In addition to writing, she worked as a fashion model, an editor, an actress, and a teacher, and served in the WAAF in England (where she lived with her English husband) during World War II. She wrote novels, plays, autobiography, and children's books; perhaps her best known books were the novels known as the "Beulah Quintet," written between 1956 and 1982. Her aim in writing, she said, was similar to Joseph Conrad's: "To make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see. That--and no more, and it is everything." In addition to America and England, Settle lived in Turkey; she received the National Book Award for her novel BLOOD TIE, which was about American and British expatriates there. She was married and divorced twice, and had one son.
Praise
"Even for an experienced novelist...she has done a remarkable job of capturing the culture that is, in a sense, the most important character in her book."
"It is one of those rare books in which that which is foreign becomes familiar and ceases to be simply strange....Multiple in narration, 'Blood Tie' was clearly a virtuoso work."
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Annotation Winner of the National Book Award for fiction in 1977, this novel is about American and European expatriates in Turkey, whose lives are changing in destructive ways.
Editors Note In a novel that begins with accidental death and ends with deliberate murder, Mary Lee Settle tells the story of an eclectic collection of American and European expatriates who take refuge in an ancient Turkish city and, once there, wreak havoc on the Aegean paradise. At first the characters, who range from a former accountant to a petulant heiress, appear to have little in common, but as the novel progresses their motives and desires cross and blend in an eerie, sometimes comic geometry of misunderstanding. In this award-winning work of fiction, Settle reveals new life springing forth out of death and change, and blood as the only tie that endures. With her trademark versatility, Settle conveys the restlessness and ennui of the foreigners as successfully as the humanity of the native Turks. To both humorous and pitiable examples of culture clash she adds vivid scenes of archaeological digs, underwater diving, and a children's festival. Further, Settle's description of Timur, a fugitive who is lost in a cave, remains as terrifying as anything since Mark Twain placed Tom Sawyer in the same predicament.
Editors Note 2 In a novel that begins with accidental death and ends with deliberate murder, Mary Lee Settle tells the story of an eclectic collection of American and European expatriates who take refuge in an ancient Turkish city and, once there, wreak havoc on the Aegean paradise. At first the characters, who range from a former accountant to a petulant heiress, appear to have little in common, but as the novel progresses their motives and desires cross and blend in an eerie, sometimes comic geometry of misunderstanding. In this award-winning work of fiction, Settle reveals new life springing forth out of death and change, and blood as the only tie that endures.|With her trademark versatility, Settle conveys the restlessness and ennui of the foreigners as successfully as the humanity of the native Turks. To both humorous and pitiable examples of culture clash she adds vivid scenes of archaeological digs, underwater diving, and a children's festival. Further, Settle's description of Timur, a fugitive who is lost in a cave, remains as terrifying as anything since Mark Twain placed Tom Sawyer in the same predicament.
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