A Plan for Women

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Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997 - Fiction - 259 pages
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Walter adores Louise because, being young and trusting, she is not yet sad or bizarre or confused or defeated or depressed or enraged or crazed. He and Louise have a model relationship in these modern times, when psychology has replaced religion, brides and grooms are best friends, men have learned to give and forgive, and women express their passion freely. Never will Louise be like her stay-at-home mother, Dorothy, who has given her husband the gift of submission. Never will Louise be like Walter's dilettante sister, Mary Pristine, who drowns the disappointment of her failed relationships with alcohol. Louise will live happily - and equally - ever after with good-hearted Walter. In this provocative, sometimes funny, and often poignant novel, Lawrence Naumoff relates his vision of the derailment of the sexual revolution. In doing so, he exposes the expectations and illusions that men and women bring to their fragile unions, revealing an enduring plan for women. Not much has changed through the years - not much at all.

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Naumoff (Silk Hope, LJ 5/15/94) documents the regression of two lovers, setting Louise's initially happy life with Walter against those of "trapped" women such as her mother and her neighbor Shirley ... Read full review


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Lawrence Naumoff is the author of six novels and lots of stories. He's won a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Discovery Award, a Thomas Wolfe fiction award, and the Walter Raleigh prize for the best work of fiction in North Carolina for the year 2005. His books have been published in Finland, England, Spain, Holland, and Germany, and he teaches creative writing at UNC in Chapel Hill. His novels are: The Night of the Weeping Women; Rootie Kazootie; Taller Women; Silk Hope, NC; A Plan for Women; and A Southern Tragedy in Crimson and Yellow.

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