My Life as a Silent Movie: A Novel - Break Away Books (Paperback)Jesse Lee Kercheval (author)
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After losing her husband and daughter in an auto accident, 42-year-old Emma flies to Paris, discovers she has a twin brother whose existence she had not known about, and learns that her birth parents weren't the Americans who raised her, but a White Russian film star of the 1920s and a French Stalinist. A story about identity and the shaping function of art, My Life as a Silent Movie presents a vividly rendered world and poses provocative questions on the relationship of art to life.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Kercheval . . . blends fiction with fact in this often tense page turner. The book's energy is by turns bleak and frenetic, and Kercheval deftly draws the reader in to Emma's search for identity. . . . she delivers a compelling rumination on family and the losses that we often consider unimaginable.* Wisconsin State Journal *
In this sharply drawn chronicle of grief, a woman reassembles her identity through her father's art and her brother's tenuous offer of a new life. . . . Kercheval delves deeply into the rawest of emotions and the most wrenching of choices, richly detailing each twist and turn with grace.* Kirkus Reviews *
In this finely-wrought odyssey of reconstructing a life while tracing birth parents, Kercheval's prose reads like woof scuttling feverishly to fill in the warp.* NUVO *
Fans of literary fiction will devour this tale of heartbreak, family, and politics. This is a story not to be missed.* Library Journal *
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