Borrowed Light: A Novel

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Southern Methodist University Press, 2002 - Fiction - 174 pages
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Lisa Schamess’s novel is a riveting interior view of a mind facing its own demise--in understated language devoid of histrionics. This is a novel about a particular gay man’s struggle to cope with his imminent death even as he tries to keep up with his professional commitments (he’s a Washington, D.C., architect) and with mending his tangled personal relationships. It is also a story with universal reverberations. The milieu of Schamess’s masterful first novel is David Baum’s dying consciousness; human mortality is its theme.

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About the author (2002)

LISA SCHAMESS, a Dallas native and a graduate of Southern Methodist University, has made Washington, D.C., her home since 1987. She is a featured columnist on the Beliefnet Web Site, writing about grief and loss. Her stories have appeared in such venues as Glimmer Train, Antietam Review, and Alabama Fiction Review. An early draft of Borrowed Light earned her the 1995 Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship in Fiction at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As a public policy writer, she has written extensively on urban planning, historic preservation, and transportation. Her work has been published in Planning, Historic Preservation News, and Architectural Record. She lives with her daughter Mona in a classic Washington rowhouse that needs roof repairs.

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