Picturing Will

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 30, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Picturing Will, the widely acclaimed new novel by Ann Beattie, unravels the complexities of a postmodern family. There's Will, a curious five-year-old who listens to the heartbeat of a plant through his toy stethoscope; Jody, his mother, a photographer poised on the threshold of celebrity; Mel, Jody's perfect -- perhaps too perfect -- lover; and Wayne, the rather who left Will without warning and now sees his infrequent visits as a crimp in his bedhopping. Beattie shows us how these lives intersect, attract, and repel one another with dazzling shifts and moments of heartbreaking directness.


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good story of div. woman - lover - other father - 5 1/2 yr old boy all connected Picturing Will unravels the complexities of a postmodern family. There's Will, a curious five-year-old who listens to ... Read full review

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i listened to this and was doing fine when the mother was narrating. then i got confused. the otyer reviewer mentioned the narration too. i seem to remember this from when i first listened to it in 95. Read full review

Contents

PART IMOTHER
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN

EIGHT
NINE
PART IIFATHER
TEN
ELEVEN
TWENTY
PART IIICHILD
TWENTYONE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike's "The Best American Short Stories of the Century", and in Jennifer Egan's "The Best American Short Stories 2014". In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia (Emerita). She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.

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