After only eight years of marriage, Gloria Burgess's husbanddies of leukemia, and for the sake of her son, she tries to stave offthe madness of grief by trying to learn lessons from her own parents'failed relationship.
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Not that age should matter in the grand scheme of things, but Jenn Crowell was barely 18 when she sold this first novel to her publishers. Unlike much fiction by very young people, however, Necessary Madness does not trade on hipness, teenage angst or underage promiscuity. The novel is the story of 30-year-old Gloria Burgess coming to grips with the premature death from cancer of a beloved husband. Kirkus Reviews hailed Necessary Madness (set in England, though Crowell is American) for its fully developed characters and maturity of content.From the Back Cover:
From her first poignant sentences, Jenn Crowell beckons the reader into Gloria Burgess's private world. After a scant eight years of marriage, Gloria's beloved husband succumbs to leukemia, leaving her alone with a son to bring up in an adopted country. The madness of grief is a constant, voracious temptation she must withstand, for her child's sake not her own. To accomplish this, Gloria delves into the lessons from the past and her parents' failed relationship. Her father was forever inconsolable over his dead first love, her mother bitter at giving up her ambitions for a man incapable of loving her. Between her father's clinging, drowning despair and her mother's emotional abandonment is a balance that Gloria struggles to find. And eventually she discovers ways to reinvent herself, to find happiness once again, and to bring peace back to the tumult of her life.
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Buchbeschreibung Putnam, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1997. Original Wraps. Buchzustand: Fine. First Edition. 0399142525 Near Fine Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. JAN31
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