Self-Portrait with Ghosts

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Berkley Books, 2000 - Fiction - 272 pages
2 Reviews
When her brother commits suicide, a single mother must take an entirely new look at his life--and her own. Dwyer's quietly profound novel frames one man's descent into depression. . . . Simply an outstanding writer, Dwyer handles the poetic and tragic modes with equal skill.--Booklist.

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User Review  - Eliz12 - LibraryThing

Disappointing book. Certainly the best-written, though most painful episodes deal with the suicide of Luke. He was really the only interesting and likable character. He dies - and then everything works out for everyone else in the family. Awful ending. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A series of too-quickly-resolved dilemmas make this story about familial repression more like a manual: how to grow emotionally without breaking a sweat. Dwyer (The Tracks of Angels, 1994) documents ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Dwyer attended Oberlin College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was awarded the James Michener/Paul Engle Fellowship.

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