Goldengrove (Paperback)

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“What might have been a mournful story about a young girl's isolation and grief after the death of her sister becomes an uplifting portrait of love, survival, and coming of age. Prose's gorgeous writing and plotting make this an affecting and memorable novel.”
— Jeanne Regentin, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI

Description


After the sudden death of her beloved older sister, thirteen-year-old Nico finds her life on New England's idyllic Mirror Lake irrevocably altered. Left alone to grope toward understanding, she falls into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister's boyfriend. Over one haunted summer, Nico faces that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them as she experiences the mystery of loss and recovery. Still, for all the darkness at its heart, Goldengrove is radiant with the lightness of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of adolescence.

About the Author


Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.

Praise For…


“With perfect pitch and no trace of sentimentality, Prose . . . lands on the precise emotional key for this novel . . . allowing humor and compassion to seep through the cracks of an otherwise dark tale.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Ms. Prose is perceptive. . . . Her modest-sounding book turns out to be beautifully wrought.... and yields an unexpectedly rich, tart, eye-opening sense of Nico’s world.”
-New York Times

“With a dazzling mix of directness and metaphor, Prose captures the centrifugal and isolating force of grief...Prose exquisitely renders her characters’ grief and bafflement.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Arguably, “Goldengrove” is her best book yet.”
-Seattle Times

“Prose locates the life force that gives her narrator the quirky, irreverent but undeniable sound of a survivor. . . . Prose is tremendously skilled.”
-Chicago Tribune

“Francine Prose’s new novel is a quiet, clear-eyed, sun-dappled eulogy to lost youth, and a youth lost. . . . [Prose is ] a keen chronicler of human emotion.”
-Elle

“A page-turner, thanks to its wholly identifiable, and perfectly flawed, young heroine. A-”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A beautiful narrative that defines resilience as the sometimes heartbreaking act of simply living”
-Redbook Magazine

“A poignant account of growing up amid sorrow...a tender and moving story of adolescent love.”
-Hartford Courant

“Prose holds up a mirror to grief and family life we can’t look away from, revealing their truths on page after page, in beautifully crafted writing.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Prose’s skillful rendering of the human ability to accept hard truths and move on is a poignant lesson for us all.”
-Miami Herald

“Insightful, lyrical... “Goldengrove” is beautifully and simply written...a moving portrait of the search for identity through a landscape of pain and loss.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Beautifully crafted...perhaps her most emotionally satisfying novel.”
-Christian Science Monitor

“An exploration of the fragility of adolescent identity and the perilous undertow of grief”
-O magazine

“Prose creates characters with real flaws that make the reader both love and hate them. It is easy to put oneself in the position of any of the players...”
-Deseret Morning News

“Deeply touching and absorbing...”
-Publishers Weekly

“...emotionally authentic...a ravishing novel of the mystery of death and life’s assertion.”
-Booklist (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060560027
ISBN-10: 0060560029
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 8th, 2009
Pages: 275
Language: English