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Francine Prose - Author

About the Author

Francine Prose is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award, and of the non-fiction writing guide, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them, published by Aurum. A distinguished critic and essayist, she has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at several major universities. She lives in New York City.

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A Man's Place

A Man's Place

Author: Francine Prose, Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2018

What to Read and Why

What to Read and Why

Author: Francine Prose Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2018

In this brilliant collection, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, the distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers she admires above all others, from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan and Roberto Bolano. In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Inspiring and illuminating, What to Read and Why includes selections culled from Prose's previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus. Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Jane Austen have endured, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives, including Roberto Bolano, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jennifer Egan, and Mohsin Hamid. Prose implores us to read Mavis Gallant for her marvelously rich and compact sentences, and her meticulously rendered characters who reveal our flawed and complex human nature; Edward St. Aubyn for his elegance and sophisticated humor; and Mark Strand for his gift for depicting unlikely transformations. Here, too, are original pieces in which Prose explores the craft of writing: On Clarity and What Makes a Short Story. Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, What to Read and Why is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word.

Mister Monkey A Novel

Mister Monkey A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2017

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author weaves an ingenious, darkly humorous, and brilliantly observant story that follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children's musical. Mister Monkey-a screwball children's musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee-is the kind of family favorite that survives far past its prime. Margot, who plays the chimp's lawyer, knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. She's settled into the drudgery of playing a humiliating part-until the day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer . . . and later, in the middle of a performance, has a shocking encounter with Adam, the twelve-year-old who plays the title role. Francine Prose's effervescent comedy is told from the viewpoints of wildly unreliable, seemingly disparate characters whose lives become deeply connected as the madcap narrative unfolds. There is Adam, whose looming adolescence informs his interpretation of his role; Edward, a young audience member who is candidly unimpressed with the play; Ray, the author of the novel on which the musical is based, who witnesses one of the most awkward first dates in literature; and even the eponymous Mister Monkey, the Monkey God himself. With her trademark wit and verve, Prose delves into humanity's most profound mysteries: art, ambition, childhood, aging, and love. Startling and captivating, Mister Monkey is a breathtaking novel from a writer at the height of her craft.

Peggy Guggenheim The Shock of the Modern

Peggy Guggenheim The Shock of the Modern

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2016

A spirited portrait of the colorful, irrepressible, and iconoclastic American collector who fearlessly advanced the cause of modern art One of twentieth-century America's most influential patrons of the arts, Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) brought to wide public attention the work of such modern masters as Jackson Pollock and Man Ray. In her time, there was no stronger advocate for the groundbreaking and the avant-garde. Her midtown gallery was the acknowledged center of the postwar New York art scene, and her museum on the Grand Canal in Venice remains one of the world's great collections of modern art. Yet as renowned as she was for the art and artists she so tirelessly championed, Guggenheim was equally famous for her unconventional personal life, and for her ironic, playful desire to shock. Acclaimed best-selling author Francine Prose offers a singular reading of Guggenheim's life that will enthrall enthusiasts of twentieth-century art, as well as anyone interested in American and European culture and the interrelationships between them. The lively and insightful narrative follows Guggenheim through virtually every aspect of her extraordinary life, from her unique collecting habits and paradigm-changing discoveries, to her celebrity friendships, failed marriages, and scandalous affairs, and Prose delivers a colorful portrait of a defiantly uncompromising woman who maintained a powerful upper hand in a male-dominated world. Prose also explores the ways in which Guggenheim's image was filtered through the lens of insidious antisemitism.

Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2016

Pobre nina rica, coleccionista de maridos y de cuadros, fundadora de la galeria y de la coleccion que dieron entidad al arte del siglo xx, viajera, amante de la noche y de la vida social, gran lectora, divertida, manipuladora, complicada... el perfil humano y profesional de Peggy Guggenheim se desvela por fin en esta biografia breve pero completa, basada en el propio relato de su protagonista y el de quienes la conocieron. Y de fondo, todo el mundo cultural europeo y estadounidense del ultimo siglo.

Household Saints A Novel

Household Saints A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2016

It happened by the grace of God that Joseph Santangelo won his wife in a card game. On a September night so hot that the good Catholics of New York wonder if their city has slipped into hell, the butcher Joseph Santangelo invites his friends to play pinochle. At the end of a long, sweaty, boozy evening, his friend Lino Falconetti, addled by wine and heat, bets the hand of his daughter, Catherine-and Santangelo wins. Santangelo's modern new wife clashes immediately with his superstitious, half-mad mother-and Catherine is horrified when the daughter they raise turns out to have more in common with the old world than the new. As the years slide past, the city changes around them, but Little Italy's household saints hold their world together.

Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 26/04/2016

A spirited portrait of the colorful, irrepressible, and iconoclastic American collector who fearlessly advanced the cause of modern art.One of twentieth-century America's most influential patrons of the arts, Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) brought to wide public attention the work of such modern masters as Jackson Pollock and Man Ray. In her time, there was no stronger advocate for the groundbreaking and the avant-garde. Her midtown gallery was the acknowledged center of the postwar New York art scene, and her museum on the Grand Canal in Venice remains one of the world's great collections of modern art. Yet as renowned as she was for the art and artists she so tirelessly championed, Guggenheim was equally famous for her unconventional personal life and for her ironic, playful desire to shock. Acclaimed bestselling author Francine Prose offers a singular reading of Guggenheim's life that will enthrall enthusiasts of twentieth-century art, as well as anyone interested in American and European culture and the interrelationships between them. The lively and insightful narrative follows Guggenheim through virtually every aspect of her extraordinary life, from her unique collecting habits and paradigm-changing discoveries to her celebrity friendships, failed marriages, and scandalous affairs. Prose delivers a colorful portrait of a defiantly uncompromising woman who maintained a powerful upper hand in a male-dominated world. She also explores the ways in which Guggenheim's image was filtered through the lens of insidious anti-Semitism.

Mirror

Mirror

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A short story by Francine Prose from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre.'The Mirror' boldly imagines Jane Eyre's married life after the novel ends.Edited by Tracy Chevalier, the full collection, Reader, I Married Him, brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 A Novel

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2015

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself. Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine. As the years pass, their fortunes-and the world itself-evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis-sparked by tumultuous events-that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2014

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itselfParis in the 1920s. It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.As the years pass, their fortunesand the world itselfevolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis.Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.

The Peaceable Kingdom Stories

The Peaceable Kingdom Stories

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2013

Stories of innocence lost, from a master observer of modern life The citizens of Prose's realm are perpetually experiencing surprises. Nothing is reliable in their world, where dream vacations, weddings, and parties go sideways; strangers make unexpected confessions; and even family pets can sow discord. The peaceable kingdom of the everyday is streaked with darker, harsher truths.

Judah the Pious A Novel

Judah the Pious A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2013

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award: A novel of a Polish king and a rebellious rabbi, full of sudden delights and mocking humor (The New York Times). The Polish monarch has outlawed a portion of the Jewish funeral rite, and none of the community's lawyers, judges, or scholars will come forward to defend the custom before the crown. Only one man dares challenge the sovereign: the spindly old Rabbi Eliezer of Rimanov, whose eccentric habits conceal the mind of a dreamer and the curiosity of a child. The rabbi is reduced to laughter at the sight of the king, for the country's ruler is but a boy-and Rabbi Eliezer knows how to speak to youngsters. They make a bet: If the rabbi can convince him that there is more to the universe than meets the eye, the funeral rite will be restored. To make his case, Eliezer launches into the story of Judah ben Simon, a tale of such majesty and wonder that it promises to make a dreamer out of all who hear it, changing them forevermore. Judah the Pious is a lively, early novel set in seventeenth-century Poland by one of today's most accomplished writers, a National Book Award finalist and the New York Times-bestselling author of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man; and Reading Like a Writer.

Guided Tours of Hell Novellas

Guided Tours of Hell Novellas

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2013

In these two audacious novellas, Americans abroad find that losing themselves in another culture can be dangerous Invited to Prague's first annual Kafka conference to read from his play about the great Czech writer, a playwright named Landau finds himself upstaged by Jiri Krakauer, the dashing Holocaust survivor whose claim to fame is a long-ago death-camp love affair with Kafka's sister. On a visit to the camp, Landau attempts to prove that Krakauer is lying-risking his career to destroy that of another. On the other side of Europe, Nina and Leo go on a macabre tour of their own. A guidebook editor and his besotted assistant, they are enduring a miserable French vacation when Leo suggests a Paris Death Trip, taking in catacombs, prisons, and all the darkest corners of the City of Light. In these two novellas, Francine Prose skewers Americans abroad.

Primitive People A Novel

Primitive People A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2013

Fleeing the terrors of her home, a Haitian woman finds that life in America is filled with its own hardships Simone has gotten used to living in fear. After years of dictatorship, Haiti has sunk into chaos, and death is ever present. But it isn't the corpse she finds on her doorstep that convinces Simone to flee the island of her birth-it's the night she sees her lover with his arm draped around the shoulder of another. Death is one thing, but she cannot tolerate heartbreak. The assistant to the United States' cultural attache, Simone is clever enough to get herself a green card. But when she gets to New York, she finds that her smarts cannot guarantee her a job. Accepting a position as a caregiver in a wealthy community upstate, Simone finds herself little more than a glorified nanny to a pair of astonishingly spoiled children. But there is a dark side to her humble new life among the WASPs, and this emigre will find that the rich can be more barbaric than she ever knew.

Judah the Pious

Judah the Pious

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2013

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award: A novel of a Polish king and a rebellious rabbi, ';full of sudden delights and mocking humor' (The New York Times). The Polish monarch has outlawed a portion of the Jewish funeral rite, and none of the community's lawyers, judges, or scholars will come forward to defend the custom before the crown. Only one man dares challenge the sovereign: the spindly old Rabbi Eliezer of Rimanov, whose eccentric habits conceal the mind of a dreamer and the curiosity of a child. The rabbi is reduced to laughter at the sight of the king, for the country's ruler is but a boyand Rabbi Eliezer knows how to speak to youngsters. They make a bet: If the rabbi can convince him that there is more to the universe than meets the eye, the funeral rite will be restored. To make his case, Eliezer launches into the story of Judah ben Simon, a tale of such majesty and wonder that it promises to make a dreamer out of all who hear it, changing them forevermore.Judah the Pious is a lively, early novel set in seventeenth-century Poland by one of today's most accomplished writers, a National Book Award finalist and the New York Timesbestselling author of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man; and Reading Like a Writer.

Guided Tours of Hell

Guided Tours of Hell

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2013

In these two audacious novellas, Americans abroad find that losing themselves in another culture can be dangerousInvited to Prague's first annual Kafka conference to read from his play about the great Czech writer, a playwright named Landau finds himself upstaged by Jiri Krakauer, the dashing Holocaust survivor whose claim to fame is a long-ago death-camp love affair with Kafka's sister. On a visit to the camp, Landau attempts to prove that Krakauer is lyingrisking his career to destroy that of another.On the other side of Europe, Nina and Leo go on a macabre tour of their own. A guidebook editor and his besotted assistant, they are enduring a miserable French vacation when Leo suggests a ';Paris Death Trip,' taking in catacombs, prisons, and all the darkest corners of the City of Light.In these two novellas, Francine Prose skewers Americans abroad.

Primitive People

Primitive People

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2013

Fleeing the terrors of her home, a Haitian woman finds that life in America is filled with its own hardshipsSimone has gotten used to living in fear. After years of dictatorship, Haiti has sunk into chaos, and death is ever present. But it isn't the corpse she finds on her doorstep that convinces Simone to flee the island of her birthit's the night she sees her lover with his arm draped around the shoulder of another. Death is one thing, but she cannot tolerate heartbreak.The assistant to the United States' cultural attache, Simone is clever enough to get herself a green card. But when she gets to New York, she finds that her smarts cannot guarantee her a job. Accepting a position as a ';caregiver' in a wealthy community upstate, Simone finds herself little more than a glorified nanny to a pair of astonishingly spoiled children. But there is a dark side to her humble new life among the WASPs, and this emigre will find that the rich can be more barbaric than she ever knew.

Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2013

Stories of innocence lost, from a master observer of modern lifeThe citizens of Prose's realm are perpetually experiencing surprises. Nothing is reliable in their world, where dream vacations, weddings, and parties go sideways; strangers make unexpected confessions; and even family pets can sow discord. The peaceable kingdom of the everyday is streaked with darker, harsher truths.

Hunters and Gatherers A Novel

Hunters and Gatherers A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2013

A witty and wry satire of New Age searchers, our spiritual longings, and our earthbound natures Martha is thirty, and her life has stalled. Her last boyfriend turned cruel long before he left her, her fact-checking job is underpaying and unfulfilling, and the aimlessness of her twenties-which she thought was just a phase-has become her defining characteristic. She is wandering along the beach when she spies a group of women performing a strange spiritual ceremony that stirs something deep within her. With names like Isis Moonwagon and Hegwitha, they have given themselves fully to the worship of the Goddess. After Martha earns an honored place in their budding religion, she gets to know its members and finds that the New Age has some of the same problems as the old one.

The Glorious Ones A Novel

The Glorious Ones A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2013

The story of a troupe of actors in seventeenth-century Italy, from one of a handful of truly indispensable American writers (Gary Shteyngart). The Glorious Ones are an unlikely troupe of actors, traveling up and down the seventeenth-century Italian countryside performing commedia dell'arte for kings, for peasants, for anyone with coin. There is Armanda, the cheerful dwarf and ex-nun; chattering Columbina; Pantalone the miser; and the wicked Brighella-all led by Flaminio Scala, the self-proclaimed most courageous man in Christendom. But for all their wild differences, not one of them is prepared for the arrival of Isabella, their mysterious new director, who is about to turn their whole world upside down. Dramatic and imaginative, this tale of adventure, love, and theater is a historical romp from the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of novels, including Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, and Household Saints, as well as the literary guide book Reading Like a Writer.

Women and Children First Stories

Women and Children First Stories

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2013

Revelations of the mysterious, contradictory heart of everyday life It's one thing for your husband to leave you for another woman, but how is a person supposed to feel when the man of her dreams abandons her for the stars themselves? In the twelve tales of Women and Children First, Francine Prose shows us an alcoholic trying to improve himself by fasting, a housewife enrolled in the New Consciousness Academy, and a French literature professor who's begun to fear Madame Bovary. Prose's characters are lost, frightened, and alone-and far more like us than we might care to admit.

Bigfoot Dreams A Novel

Bigfoot Dreams A Novel

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2013

A novel about learning to live in a world stranger than any tabloid headline Though she's written dispatches from across the globe-covering the Loch Ness monster, live dinosaurs, and the ever-enigmatic yeti-Vera Perl never leaves the offices of This Week, a supermarket tabloid covering the universe's stranger side. Her reporting is done entirely inside her own head, and now she's contemplating a Bigfoot expose that will astonish even the most jaded conspiracy theorist. No one is better than Vera at imagining these weird, wild stories, because more than anything, she wants them to be true. One day she dreams up a scoop about two Brooklyn children whose lemonade stand has amazing curative properties, and is shocked to learn that the children she invented actually exist. The resulting lawsuit sends this master of hoaxes into a very real tailspin, and a search for something even more elusive than Bigfoot: solace.

Hunters and Gatherers

Hunters and Gatherers

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2013

A witty and wry satire of New Age searchers, our spiritual longings, and our earthbound naturesMartha is thirty, and her life has stalled. Her last boyfriend turned cruel long before he left her, her fact-checking job is underpaying and unfulfilling, and the aimlessness of her twentieswhich she thought was just a phasehas become her defining characteristic. She is wandering along the beach when she spies a group of women performing a strange spiritual ceremony that stirs something deep within her. With names like Isis Moonwagon and Hegwitha, they have given themselves fully to the worship of the Goddess. After Martha earns an honored place in their budding religion, she gets to know its members and finds that the New Age has some of the same problems as the old one.

Women and Children First

Women and Children First

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2013

Revelations of the mysterious, contradictory heart of everyday lifeIt's one thing for your husband to leave you for another woman, but how is a person supposed to feel when the man of her dreams abandons her for the stars themselves? In the twelve tales ofWomen and Children First, Francine Prose shows us an alcoholic trying to improve himself by fasting, a housewife enrolled in the New Consciousness Academy, and a French literature professor who's begun to fearMadame Bovary. Prose's characters are lost, frightened, and aloneand far more like us than we might care to admit.

Glorious Ones

Glorious Ones

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2013

The story of a troupe of actors in seventeenth-century Italy, from ';one of a handful of truly indispensable American writers' (Gary Shteyngart).The Glorious Ones are an unlikely troupe of actors, traveling up and down the seventeenth-century Italian countryside performing commedia dell'arte for kings, for peasants, for anyone with coin. There is Armanda, the cheerful dwarf and ex-nun; chattering Columbina; Pantalone the miser; and the wicked Brighellaall led by Flaminio Scala, the self-proclaimed most courageous man in Christendom.But for all their wild differences, not one of them is prepared for the arrival of Isabella, their mysterious new director, who is about to turn their whole world upside down.Dramatic and imaginative, this tale of adventure, love, and theater is a historical romp from the award-winning, New York Timesbestselling author of novels, including Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, and Household Saints, as well as the literary guide book Reading Like a Writer.

Bigfoot Dreams

Bigfoot Dreams

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2013

A novel about learning to live in a world stranger than any tabloid headlineThough she's written dispatches from across the globecovering the Loch Ness monster, live dinosaurs, and the ever-enigmatic yetiVera Perl never leaves the offices ofThis Week, a supermarket tabloid covering the universe's stranger side. Her reporting is done entirely inside her own head, and now she's contemplating a Bigfoot expose that will astonish even the most jaded conspiracy theorist. No one is better than Vera at imagining these weird, wild stories, because more than anything, she wants them to be true.One day she dreams up a scoop about two Brooklyn children whose lemonade stand has amazing curative properties, and is shocked to learn that the children she invented actually exist. The resulting lawsuit sends this master of hoaxes into a very real tailspin, and a search for something even more elusive than Bigfoot: solace.

Judah the Pious

Judah the Pious

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award: A novel of a Polish king and a rebellious rabbi, ';full of sudden delights and mocking humor' (The New York Times). The Polish monarch has outlawed a portion of the Jewish funeral rite, and none of the community's lawyers, judges, or scholars will come forward to defend the custom before the crown. Only one man dares challenge the sovereign: the spindly old Rabbi Eliezer of Rimanov, whose eccentric habits conceal the mind of a dreamer and the curiosity of a child. The rabbi is reduced to laughter at the sight of the king, for the country's ruler is but a boyand Rabbi Eliezer knows how to speak to youngsters. They make a bet: If the rabbi can convince him that there is more to the universe than meets the eye, the funeral rite will be restored. To make his case, Eliezer launches into the story of Judah ben Simon, a tale of such majesty and wonder that it promises to make a dreamer out of all who hear it, changing them forevermore.Judah the Pious is a lively, early novel set in seventeenth-century Poland by one of today's most accomplished writers, a National Book Award finalist and the New York Timesbestselling author of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man; and Reading Like a Writer.

Guided Tours of Hell

Guided Tours of Hell

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

In these two audacious novellas, Americans abroad find that losing themselves in another culture can be dangerousInvited to Prague's first annual Kafka conference to read from his play about the great Czech writer, a playwright named Landau finds himself upstaged by Jiri Krakauer, the dashing Holocaust survivor whose claim to fame is a long-ago death-camp love affair with Kafka's sister. On a visit to the camp, Landau attempts to prove that Krakauer is lyingrisking his career to destroy that of another.On the other side of Europe, Nina and Leo go on a macabre tour of their own. A guidebook editor and his besotted assistant, they are enduring a miserable French vacation when Leo suggests a ';Paris Death Trip,' taking in catacombs, prisons, and all the darkest corners of the City of Light.In these two novellas, Francine Prose skewers Americans abroad.

Primitive People

Primitive People

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

Fleeing the terrors of her home, a Haitian woman finds that life in America is filled with its own hardshipsSimone has gotten used to living in fear. After years of dictatorship, Haiti has sunk into chaos, and death is ever present. But it isn't the corpse she finds on her doorstep that convinces Simone to flee the island of her birthit's the night she sees her lover with his arm draped around the shoulder of another. Death is one thing, but she cannot tolerate heartbreak.The assistant to the United States' cultural attache, Simone is clever enough to get herself a green card. But when she gets to New York, she finds that her smarts cannot guarantee her a job. Accepting a position as a ';caregiver' in a wealthy community upstate, Simone finds herself little more than a glorified nanny to a pair of astonishingly spoiled children. But there is a dark side to her humble new life among the WASPs, and this emigre will find that the rich can be more barbaric than she ever knew.

Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

Stories of innocence lost, from a master observer of modern lifeThe citizens of Prose's realm are perpetually experiencing surprises. Nothing is reliable in their world, where dream vacations, weddings, and parties go sideways; strangers make unexpected confessions; and even family pets can sow discord. The peaceable kingdom of the everyday is streaked with darker, harsher truths.

Hunters and Gatherers

Hunters and Gatherers

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

A witty and wry satire of New Age searchers, our spiritual longings, and our earthbound naturesMartha is thirty, and her life has stalled. Her last boyfriend turned cruel long before he left her, her fact-checking job is underpaying and unfulfilling, and the aimlessness of her twentieswhich she thought was just a phasehas become her defining characteristic. She is wandering along the beach when she spies a group of women performing a strange spiritual ceremony that stirs something deep within her. With names like Isis Moonwagon and Hegwitha, they have given themselves fully to the worship of the Goddess. After Martha earns an honored place in their budding religion, she gets to know its members and finds that the New Age has some of the same problems as the old one.

Bigfoot Dreams

Bigfoot Dreams

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

A novel about learning to live in a world stranger than any tabloid headlineThough she's written dispatches from across the globecovering the Loch Ness monster, live dinosaurs, and the ever-enigmatic yetiVera Perl never leaves the offices ofThis Week, a supermarket tabloid covering the universe's stranger side. Her reporting is done entirely inside her own head, and now she's contemplating a Bigfoot expose that will astonish even the most jaded conspiracy theorist. No one is better than Vera at imagining these weird, wild stories, because more than anything, she wants them to be true.One day she dreams up a scoop about two Brooklyn children whose lemonade stand has amazing curative properties, and is shocked to learn that the children she invented actually exist. The resulting lawsuit sends this master of hoaxes into a very real tailspin, and a search for something even more elusive than Bigfoot: solace.

Women and Children First

Women and Children First

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

Revelations of the mysterious, contradictory heart of everyday lifeIt's one thing for your husband to leave you for another woman, but how is a person supposed to feel when the man of her dreams abandons her for the stars themselves? In the twelve tales ofWomen and Children First, Francine Prose shows us an alcoholic trying to improve himself by fasting, a housewife enrolled in the New Consciousness Academy, and a French literature professor who's begun to fearMadame Bovary. Prose's characters are lost, frightened, and aloneand far more like us than we might care to admit.

Glorious Ones

Glorious Ones

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

The story of a troupe of actors in seventeenth-century Italy, from ';one of a handful of truly indispensable American writers' (Gary Shteyngart).The Glorious Ones are an unlikely troupe of actors, traveling up and down the seventeenth-century Italian countryside performing commedia dell'arte for kings, for peasants, for anyone with coin. There is Armanda, the cheerful dwarf and ex-nun; chattering Columbina; Pantalone the miser; and the wicked Brighellaall led by Flaminio Scala, the self-proclaimed most courageous man in Christendom.But for all their wild differences, not one of them is prepared for the arrival of Isabella, their mysterious new director, who is about to turn their whole world upside down.Dramatic and imaginative, this tale of adventure, love, and theater is a historical romp from the award-winning, New York Timesbestselling author of novels, including Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, and Household Saints, as well as the literary guide book Reading Like a Writer.

Turning

Turning

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2012

A dark house.An isolated island.Strange dreams and even stranger visions . . . Jack is spending the summer on a private island far from modern conveniences. No Wi-Fi, no cell service, no one else on the island but a housekeeper and the two very peculiar children in his care. The first time Jack sees the huge black mansion atop a windswept hill, he senses something cold, something more sinister than even the dark house itself.Soon, he feels terribly isolated and alone. Yet he is not alone. The house has visitorspeering in the windows, staring from across the shore. But why doesn't anyone else see them . . . and what do they want? As secrets are revealed and darker truths surface, Jack desperately struggles to maintain a grip on reality. He knows what he sees, and he isn't crazy. . . . Or is he?From nationally acclaimed author Francine Prose comes a mind-bending story that will leave you realizing how subtle the lines that separate reality, imagination, and insanity really are.

At the End of Life True Stories About How We Die

At the End of Life True Stories About How We Die

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2012

What should medicine do when it can't save your life? The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies-and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At the End of Life-the latest collaborative book project between the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation-tackles this conundrum head on. Featuring twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives, the collection explores death, dying and palliative care, and highlights current features, flaws and advances in the healthcare system. Here, a poet and former hospice worker reflects on death's mysteries; a son wanders the halls of his mother's nursing home, lost in the small absurdities of the place; a grief counselor struggles with losing his own grandfather; a medical intern traces the origins and meaning of time; a mother anguishes over her decision to turn off her daughter's life support and allow her organs to be harvested; and a nurse remembers many of her former patients. These original, compelling personal narratives reveal the inner workings of hospitals, homes and hospices where patients, their doctors and their loved ones all battle to hang on-and to let go.

My New American Life

My New American Life

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 26/04/2011

Francine Prose is a world-classsatirist whos also a world-class storyteller.Russell Banks Francine Prose captures contemporary America at itsmost hilarious and dreadful in My New American Life, a darkly humorousnovel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the ever-elusiveAmerican dream. Following her New York Times bestselling novels BlueAngel and A Changed Man, Prose delivers the darkly humorous storyof Lula, a twenty-something Albanian immigrant trying to find stability andcomfort in New York City in the charged aftermath of 9/11. Set at the frontlines of a cultural war between idealism and cynicism, inalienable rights andimplacable Homeland Security measures, My New American Life is a movingand sardonic journey alongside a cast of characters exploring what it means tobe American.

Anne Frank The Book, the Life, the Afterlife

Anne Frank The Book, the Life, the Afterlife

Author: Francine Prose Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2010

Anne Frank received a red-and-white-checked diary for her thirteenth birthday in June 1942, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, Anne crafted a memoir that has become one of the most compelling and widely read documents of modern history. Few books have been as influential for as long, and in her thoughtful and revealing book Francine Prose investigates the diary's creation, its precociously gifted writer, and its unique afterlife. Prose demonstrates what few of the diary's millions of readers will know - that Anne Frank furiously revised and edited her work, crafting a piece of literary power, which she hoped would be read by the public after the war. She also explores the obstacles and criticism Otto Frank faced in publishing his daughter's words; the controversy surrounding the diary's theatrical and film adaptations; and the claims of conspiracy theorists who have cried fraud, along with the scientific analysis that has proved them wrong. Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife is a profound and illuminating literary investigation that reveals that Anne Frank's diary is more than a historical record: it is a deliberate work of art.

Goldengrove

Goldengrove

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2010

One sultry summer's day, teenage Nico and her vivacious older sister Margaret take a boat out on the lake by their family home. But when Margaret dives in, and doesn't resurface, Nico realizes with horror that her sister is lost to the watery depths for ever. While her parents drift toward their own risky consolations, Nico searches for solace and security in books, art, and - recklessly - in a fledgling relationship with Margaret's boyfriend. Heartrending and intense, Goldengrove follows a girl on the cusp of adulthood during a summer when a death changes her life for ever.

The Photographs of Marion Post Wolcott The Library of Congress

The Photographs of Marion Post Wolcott The Library of Congress

Author: Francine Prose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

Published in association with the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Fields of Vision: Recording a Century of American Life is a completely new presentation of an historically significant collection of photographs. The 77,000 photographs in the Library of Congress' collection from the Resettlement Administration (RA, 1935-1937), Farm Security Administration (FSA, 1937-1942) and Office of War Information (OWI, 1942-1944) provide a unique and comprehensive view of American life from 1935 to 1944 during the Great Depression. This government photography project was initially conceived to document government loans to farmers and their resettlement in suburban communities, but expanded to create a visual record of agricultural and urban centres in the South, Mid-West and Western United States.

Reading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer

Author: Francine Prose Format: eBook Release Date: 10/04/2007

In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heartto take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le Carr for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.

Gluttony The Seven Deadly Sins

Gluttony The Seven Deadly Sins

Author: Francine Prose Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2003

Part of a series of highly entertaining books on the history of sinning. Eating too much is one of the Western world's greatest problems, but relatively few people would consider it a crime against God. Yet even as gluttony has ceased to be an evil, food and dieting have become a cultural obsessions, with millions of pounds expended on mortifying the flesh with punishing diet and exercise regimes. This brief history of gluttony traces the changing cultural attitudes towards food and pleasure, scarcity and abundance. It reveals how notions of saintliness and purity have helped form modern views of enjoyment, self-mortification, and ultimately nutrition. Restaurant-goers and readers of gourmet magazines rationalize their pursuit of too much food in many ways, but does a slight tinge of guilt makes your meal taste that much better? This book provides the answer, thoroughly exploring humankind's attempts to quell its chief survival strategy - eating.

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