Passing Strange: A Novel
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Titel: Passing Strange: A Novel
Verlag: Random House 2002-06-11, US
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Auflage: 1st Edition
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Claudia had the misfortune to be born with an ugly face. Growing up in a modest, loving Vermont family, she painfully learned to compensate for her looks in other ways—ways that led to a good marriage to Dan, a young man from a well-off New York City family. Appalled by their new daughter-in-law’s appearance, Dan’s parents encourage plastic surgery, and suddenly, amazingly, at age thirty, Claudia experiences life for the first time as an attractive woman.
Claudia barely has time to accustom herself to her newly sculpted features when Dan’s work transfers the couple to a small town in the South. There, she begins to feel an affinity not just to the lush, hot landscape but also to the black people who live, as she once did, at the margins of the affluent white society she and Dan are welcomed into. Claudia’s lifelong wish for prettiness has come dazzlingly true, but behind her remade face, she struggles to believe in it. Increasingly isolated from Dan, who is relishing their new life and friends, Claudia finds herself rebelling against the subtle, pervasive racism that imbues Southern life and, in search of an honest, true connection, unconsciously drawn to the black man who does their yard work. Claudia’s fascination with him sets off an explosive chain of events through which the layers of her physical disguise begin to disintegrate.
Boldly assured, electrifying in its emotional impact, Passing Strange heralds a major new talent. From the melancholy romanticism of Scott Fitzgerald to the fearless honesty of Flannery O’Connor, MacLeod recalls the masters, but she forges her own territory with a vision that is troubling, wise, yet surprisingly unsentimental. Our obsession with physical appearance is laid bare in this love story of bittersweet beauty, a work of resounding complexity and insight.
“Sharp and suspenseful. With searing intimacy, Passing Strange makes us shockingly aware that beauty is truly only skin deep.”
—Barbara Robinette Moss, author of Change Me into Zeus’s Daughter
“If writing is observation, MacLeod is the keenest of observers, piercing in her honesty. Her writing is obviously feminine, strong, uncompromising, haunting, sensual, profound. And sad, as life is sad, rescued only by the gift of beauty, seen, examined, described.”
—Simon Lane, author of Fear
“Passing Strange describes a hauntingly vivid emotional landscape readers won’t easily forget. MacLeod weaves a story around the themes of beauty and prejudice, artifice and barbaric honesty. Breathless to reach the book’s conclusion, I needed to consciously slow myself down so each stunning phrase could be deservedly savored.”
—Robin Westen, journalist and syndicated columnist
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