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The practical heart : four novellas

Author: Allan Gurganus
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The title novella, an ode to a great aunt who takes an artistically inclined young boy under her wing and shows him through kindness the meaning of love, won the National Magazine Prize. Each of the tales explores the impact that one individual can have on another and how courage and beauty can arise from the most unexpected sources. There is the young preservationist dying of AIDS whose joy in saving old homes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gurganus, Allan, 1947-
Practical heart.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2001
(OCoLC)606561132
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allan Gurganus
ISBN: 0679437630 9780679437635
OCLC Number: 46918445
Description: 322 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The practical heart --
Preservation news --
He's one, too --
Saint monster.
Responsibility: Allan Gurganus.
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The title novella, an ode to a great aunt who takes an artistically inclined young boy under her wing and shows him through kindness the meaning of love, won the National Magazine Prize. Each of the tales explores the impact that one individual can have on another and how courage and beauty can arise from the most unexpected sources. There is the young preservationist dying of AIDS whose joy in saving old homes never falters and whose smile in the face of death continues to bring happiness to his survivors. There is the pillar of the community whose sudden disgrace confirms a young boy's determination to tell the truth, to be out in the world. Lastly, there is "Saint Monster" the amazingly "ugly" man whose love and devotion to his son transcends race, public humiliation, and even death. These stories may all arise from Gurganus's Carolina home soil, but their messages are universal in scope.

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