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The Afterlife (Paperback)

Author:  Donald Antrim
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312426356
ISBN-13: 9780312426354
Sku: 203955503
Publish Date: 5/15/2007
Pages:  195
Age Range:  NA
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From "a fiercely intelligent writer" ("The New York Times") comes a wry, poignant story of the difficult love between a mother and a son. Antrim comes to terms with--and fails to comes to terms with--the nature of addiction and the broken states of loneliness, shame, and loss that remain beyond his power to fully repair.
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The author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and The Verificationist presents a series of observations about the state of consciousness as it is altered by memories, fantasies, and alcoholism, in a portrait of the author's family that partially comes to terms with the nature of addiction and the limitations of self-healing. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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In the winter of 2000, shortly after his mother's death, Donald Antrim began writing about his family. In pieces that appeared in The New Yorker and were anthologized in Best American Essays, Antrim explored his intense and complicated relationships with his mother, Louanne, an artist, teacher, and ferociously destabilizing alcoholic; his gentle grandfather, who lived in the mountains of North Carolina and who always hoped to save his daughter from herself; and his father, who married his mother twice.
 
The Afterlife is an elliptical, sometimes tender, sometimes blackly hilarious portrait of a family--faulty, cracked, enraging--and of a man struggling to learn the nature of his origins.
The author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and The Verificationist presents a series of observations about the state of consciousness as it is altered by memories, fantasies, and alcoholism, in a portrait of the author's family that partially comes to terms with the nature of addiction and the limitations of self-healing. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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Fabulist novelist Donald Antrim turns to the personal memoir in an attempt to come to terms with the life and death of his eccentric mother, Louanne. Despite the serious subject, Antrim retains his arch and sarcastic sensibilities, and his memoir is notable both for his insights--and his awareness of the fleetingness of insight. The result is a remarkable mix of thought-provoking and heart-wrenching prose--a notable addition to the memoir form.

Praise

"[Donald] Antrim's an elegantly spare writer, who paints harrowing scenes of his broken family....[H]eartbreaking." - Cathleen McGuigan 05/05/2006

"Antrim writes like a man defusing a bomb--one false move and he and his family will be destroyed....THE AFTERLIFE opens a new window into Antrim's genius." - James Browning 05/22/2006

"The bed-shopping essay, when it first appeared in The New Yorker, kept me on the subway well past my designated stop, and on second and third readings it lost little of its queasy, fascinating power." - A. O. Scott 06/18/2007

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0195
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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