A Broken Thing

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Frederic C. Beil, 2003 - Fiction - 258 pages
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Author-editor Dabnet Stuart best summarises this debut novel "as relentless as Euripides, or Faulkner, whose "As I Lay Dying" is its formal model. Its central preoccupation is the sins (or in more secular terms, 'behaviour patterns') of fathers and mothers passing into the lives of their offspring. It also reminds us how many people, living and dead, ghost our daily experience, complicating and enriching our choices. Barton includes the dimension of mercy too -- the mutual forgiveness of failures by family members who, finally, find ways to realise they can't live without each other. An impressive, uncompromising book.

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About the author (2003)

Marlin Barton has published two collections of short stories, The Dry Well and Dancing by the River, and two novels, A Broken Thing and The Cross Garden. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Best American Short Stories.

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