Newfangled: a novel
A debut novel explores the fractured life of Maide Bonasso, who, when she starts thinking about settling down in Tuscon, gets the opportunity to reconnect with her past and develops a surprising belief in the future as a result. 15,000 first printing. Tour.
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Newfangled: a novelUser Review - Book Verdict
The story of Maidie Bonasso's life resembles a kaleidoscope--the imagery is hard-edged yet dazzling, and while the pictures change smoothly, the narrative never settles into one pattern. Maidie has a stockpile of memories saved from her constant moves, which leave behind estranged parents, remote sisters, and two ex-husbands. Currently working in Tucson as the curator of the Museum of Domestic History and Home Economy (which functions better as metaphor than as museum), Maidie begins to catalog her life: abandonment--by mother; neglect--by first husband; verbal abuse--by second husband; happiness--with boyfriend--current. But although Maidie thinks often about her past, it isn't until the last third of the novel that she confronts the fragments of her life and visits her family. Written by the Flannery O'Connor Award-winning author of The Source of Trouble (Univ. of Georgia, 1990), this book is a wry and honest look at the newfangled forms of family created by geographic dislocations and divorce. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/97.]--Yvette Weller Olson, City Univ. Lib., Seattle
Review: Newfangled: A NovelUser Review - Goodreads
I mark this as read, but I gave up after 50 pages. The writing was good, but I didn't care about the characters. I kept feeling like I'd been reading forever... Then realized I'd only made it another 10 pages.