A Bridge of Leaves: A Novel

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Guernica Editions, 1997 - Fiction - 243 pages
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A Bridge of Leaves, originally published in 1961, is about the fragile extension of the self to others. It is also about the passage out of the warm embrace of childhood and adolescence to the adult world and quandaries of friendship, love, death, and madness. The narrator, David, recounts his efforts to reach and understand the mysterious others who park his own path out of the confines of the self in the crossing to maturity. We meet the grandmother, the grandfather, and a dead twin in the early years, his friend Phil, and his love Laura. These become the fragile bridges that lead to another mysterious other who waits on the other side: himself.
 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
16
Section 4
38
Section 5
69
Section 6
133
Section 7
140
Section 8
151
Section 10
168
Section 11
174
Section 12
197
Section 13
202
Section 14
205
Section 15
218
Section 16
240
Section 17
i

Section 9
156

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Diana Cavallo teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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