Natural History: A Novel

Natural History: A Novel

Maureen Howard / Jul 05, 2020
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  • Title: Natural History: A Novel
  • Author: Maureen Howard
  • ISBN: 9780393034059
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Howard gives readers her masterwork a gorgeous, three ring circus of a novel, enchanting, bawdy, profound A society tramp kills a soldier toward the end of World War II, and Billy Bray, a swaggering county detective in Bridgeport, Connecticut, investigates The echoes of the case will reverberate down the decades and into the lives of Bray s Irish Catholic family 15 linHoward gives readers her masterwork a gorgeous, three ring circus of a novel, enchanting, bawdy, profound A society tramp kills a soldier toward the end of World War II, and Billy Bray, a swaggering county detective in Bridgeport, Connecticut, investigates The echoes of the case will reverberate down the decades and into the lives of Bray s Irish Catholic family 15 line drawings.
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      • Maureen Howard

        Maureen Howard is the author of seven novels, including Grace Abounding, Expensive Habits, and Natural History, all of which were nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award Facts of Life is an award winning autobiography She is a 1952 Smith College alumnae and has taught at a number of American universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Amherst, and Yale, and was recently awarded the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters She lives in New York City.


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    1. Maureen Howard published her first book, Not a Word About Nightingales, in 1961 and apparently it was something of a bestseller She went on to write several novels and a book of autobiography which at least continued to be critically well received the edition of Natural History which I own features blurbs by the likes of Susan Sontag and Richard Powers on the backcover And yet, she appears to be almost completely forgotten today her name does pop up occasionally in lists of American novelist wi [...]


    2. At the beginning of the story we meet James Bray at age thirteen He s proving to be a talented musician but has aspirations of becoming a stage magician His sister Catherine, age eleven, is an over achieving academic who is disappointed when a presentation she slaved over receives only an honorable mention from the girl scouts Their father, Billy is a detective caught up in the scandal of a society dame who has killed an American soldier towards the end of the second world war Their mother is a [...]


    3. Natural History was one of those books that has a completely different style of story telling than your typical novel This book told the story in 2 parallel ways one way on the even pages and one way on the odd pages One way was a fairly standard narrative style and the other was told in of a scrapbook newspaper article style.


    4. Demanding, but in the end worth every drop of sweat Probably the most important book I read as a writer in 2008 And I came upon it entirely by accident Review to come So much to digest.




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