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They came like swallows

Author: William Maxwell
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage International edView all editions and formats
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To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive. To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town. To James Morison, his wife, Elizabeth, is the center of a life that would disintegrate all too suddenly were she to disappear. Through the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Maxwell, William, 1908-2000.
They came like swallows.
New York : Vintage International, 1997
(OCoLC)647082563
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Maxwell
ISBN: 067977257X 9780679772576
OCLC Number: 35694555
Description: 174 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: William Maxwell.
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To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive. To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town. To James Morison, his wife, Elizabeth, is the center of a life that would disintegrate all too suddenly were she to disappear. Through the eyes of these characters, William Maxwell creates a sensitive portrait of an American family and of the complex woman who is its emotional pillar. Beautifully observed, deftly rendering the civilities and constraints of a vanished era, They Came Like Swallows measures the subterranean currents of love and need that run through all our lives. The result confirms Maxwell's reputation as one of the finest writers we have.

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