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The nightingales of Troy : stories of one family's century

Author: Alice Fulton
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In 1908, Mamie Garrahan faces childbirth aided by her arsenic-eating sister-in-law Kitty, a nun who grows opium poppies, and a doctor who prescribes Bayer Heroin. "In the twentieth century, I believe there are no saints left," Mamie remarks. But her daughters and granddaughter test this notion with far-reaching consequences. Kitty's arsenic reappears sixty years later in the hands of her distraught niece. A  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Fulton
ISBN: 9780393048872 039304887X
OCLC Number: 213765963
Description: 254 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Happy dust --
Queen Wintergreen --
A shadow table --
The nightingales of Troy --
Dorothy love maleman --
The glorious mysteries --
The real Eleanor Rigby --
Centrally isolated --
If it's not too much to ask --
L'air du temps.
Responsibility: Alice Fulton.
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"In 1908, Mamie Garrahan faces childbirth aided by her arsenic-eating sister-in-law Kitty, a nun who grows opium poppies, and a doctor who prescribes Bayer Heroin. "In the twentieth century, I believe there are no saints left," Mamie remarks. But her daughters and granddaughter test this notion with far-reaching consequences. Kitty's arsenic reappears sixty years later in the hands of her distraught niece. A schoolgirl's passion for the Beatles and Melville - a passion both lonely and funny - shapes her life. Each decade is illuminated by endearingly eccentric characters: an anorexic waitress falls for a wealthy college boy in the jazz age ... an exuberant young nurse questions science during the Depression ... a homely seamstress designs a scandalous dress in the 1950s." "The Nightingales of Troy, the first fiction collection by an acclaimed American poet, creates a vividly palpable sense of time and place. Alice Fulton's memorable characters confront the deepest dilemmas with bravery and abiding love. Alice Fulton teaches at Cornell University."--Jacket.

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