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The butterfly lampshade : a novel

Author: Aimee Bender
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"On the night her single mother is taken to a mental hospital after a psychotic episode, eight year-old Francie is staying with her babysitter, waiting to take the train to Los Angeles to go live with her aunt and uncle. There is a lovely lamp next to the couch on which she's sleeping, the shade adorned with butterflies. When she wakes, Francie spies a dead butterfly, exactly matching the ones on the lamp, floating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bender, Aimee,
The butterfly lampshade
New York : Doubleday, 2020.
(DLC) 2020005931
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aimee Bender
ISBN: 9780385534871 0385534876 9780593342091 0593342097
OCLC Number: 1136958911
Description: 283 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Aimee Bender.

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"On the night her single mother is taken to a mental hospital after a psychotic episode, eight year-old Francie is staying with her babysitter, waiting to take the train to Los Angeles to go live with her aunt and uncle. There is a lovely lamp next to the couch on which she's sleeping, the shade adorned with butterflies. When she wakes, Francie spies a dead butterfly, exactly matching the ones on the lamp, floating in a glass of water. She drinks it before the babysitter can see. Twenty years later, Francie is compelled to make sense of that moment, and two other incidents - her discovery of a desiccated beetle from a school paper, and a bouquet of dried roses from some curtains. Her recall is exact - she is sure these things happened. But despite her certainty, she wrestles with the hold these memories maintain over her, and what they say about her own place in the world. As Francie conjures her past, and reduces her engagement with the world to a bare minimum, she begins to question her relationship to reality. The scenes set in Francie's past glow with the intensity of childhood perception, how physical objects can take on an otherworldly power. The question for Francie is, what do these events signify? And does this power survive childhood? Told in the lush, lilting prose that led The San Francisco Chronicle to say Aimee Bender is "a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language," THE BUTTERFLY LAMPSHADE is a heartfelt and heartbreaking examination of the sometimes overwhelming power of the material world, and a broken love between mother and child"--

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