Fading, My Parmacheene Belle: A Novel

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Macmillan, Feb 1, 2003 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Mourning the loss of his wife, and in a fit of rage and grief, an aged fisherman attacks his son and flees into the neighboring woods. Soon accompanied by a teenage waif, the fisherman regales the girl with tales of his beloved, his “Parmacheene Belle;” muses on the modernizing world; and forges on his quixotic quest to reach his late wife’s native coast. Joanna Scott’s debut novel is one of the strangest love stories ever told, as well as an exploration into the unknown heart of our country.
 

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Contents

The Burning Chair
18
Wandering the Elements
45
Chapter of Perfection
59
Obligation to the Eggs
83
A Witching Day
105
Gut Makers and Gut
123
Gaffed a Minute to the Pound
164
Dread World Unraveling
187
A Black Formidable Tail
205
A Reliable Army Hold On to It
221
How to Do Wonder
247
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Joanna Scott is the author of seven novels, including Tourmaline and Arrogance, as well as the story collection Various Antidotes. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award. She lives with her family in Rochester, New York.

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