Down from Troy: a doctor comes of age

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W. Morrow and Company, 1992 - Medical - 300 pages
For nearly two decades, Selzer's brilliant collections of essays and short stories have enthralled literary critics and discriminating readers, appearing on regional bestseller lists across the country. Now, in his first sustained narrative, he returns to his boyhood in Troy, New York, to re-create the tug-of-war over him between his physician father and operatic mother.

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DOWN FROM TROY: A Doctor Comes of Age

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Superbly skilled writer/surgeon Selzer (Imagine a Woman, 1990, etc.) cracks open his psyche's sternum, showing us his heart repairs, then goes about sewing up the wounds while they are still dotted ... Read full review

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From the author of Confessions of a Knife ( LJ 9/1/79) and Taking the World in for Repairs ( LJ 12/86) comes a poignant, elegiac memoir of his childhood in Troy, New York, as well as formative ... Read full review


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About the author (1992)

Richard Selzer is a former surgeon and professor at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also the author of many books of short stories and essays, including Rituals of Surgery; Confessions of a Knife; The Exact Location of the Soul; and Letters to a Best Friend edited by Peter Josyph. He has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the American Medical Writers Award. He lives in New Haven.

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