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October Suite

by Clair, Maxine

  • ISBN: 9780375506307
  • ISBN10: 0375506306

October Suite

by Clair, Maxine

  • List Price: $23.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish date: 01/01/2003
  • ISBN: 9780375506307
  • ISBN10: 0375506306
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Description: Maxine Clair's Rattlebone was published in 1994 to luminous praise -- The New York Times Book Review called it "extraordinary", and Entertainment Weekly said, "It leaps and hums like fine gospel music". Now, in this sweeping saga of one woman's efforts to overcome disgrace and despair, Maxine Clair fulfills her promise as a master storyteller of wisdom and compassion -- and drama.

The time is 1950. October Brown is twenty-three years old, a first-year teacher in Kansas. When her naive affair with a married handyman leads to pregnancy and abandonment, she goes home to Ohio -- to the two aunts who raised her after her mother's murder and to her sister, Vergie. October gives birth to a boy -- and then she gives her son to her sister to raise.

What follows is the heartrending account of October's efforts to reclaim her dignity, her profession, and her child -- efforts that lead her into a bitter struggle with her sister and into a confrontation with her parents' dark and violent legacy. The Midwest, the flourishing of modern jazz, and the culture of segregation all form a compelling historical backdrop for this timeless and universal tale of one person's battle to understand and master her own desires, and to embrace the responsibilities and promise of mature adulthood. October Suite plays a beautiful, haunting melody, turning everyday life into exceptional art.

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