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The Son

A Novel

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June 9, 1998 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781887178754
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Vivian Carpentier, confined by her role as an upper class woman in the 1940s, gleans meaning only from erotic love. Troubled by the elusiveness of men, yet convinced that they run the world, she can barely conceal her desperation to entice. Struggling with motherhood and the failure of marriage, she takes jobs to bridge intervals between lovers. She sings in a hotel bar, sells dresses, and nurses her fathers friend through his last illness, hoping to atone for a self-centered life. The constant in Vivians life is her son, David. Having seen her worst and best moments, he provides her with consolation and a reason for living, In those days of her lovers absence, she grew fascinated with her sons beauty with the hard blue of his eyes, with all the particulars of his face, the pliability of his lips. The Son is the haunting story of a woman who desires something more, as if something more had been promised her that was not yet given.

GINA BERRIAULT is the author of four novels and three story collections. She won numerous fellowships and honors over her thirty-year career. Her collection of stories, Women in Their Beds, won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Rea Foundation Award.

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