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The Son

A Novella

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ON SALE: April 25, 2023 |  | 5.5 x 8.25 | ISBN 9781640095977
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Broaching a taboo deeply embedded in the human psyche, this haunting story tells of a woman who desires “something more, as if something more had been promised her that was not yet given.”

The first published in 1962, in The Son, 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 father’s friend through his last illness, hoping to atone for a self-centered life. The constant in Vivian’s life is her son, David. Having seen her worst and best moments, he provides her with consolation and a reason for living.

About Gina Berriault

GINA BERRIAULT was the author of four novels, three short story collections, and several screenplays. One of the most celebrated short story writers in her lifetime, she was the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and a Commonwealth Gold Medal for Literature. She died in 1999.

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