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Another Name for Autumn (Contemporary American Novellas)

by Corrie Greathouse

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The internal Romantic story isn't something I tend to get into. There is a fine line between self-consideration and self-indulgence, and I think Greathouse stay on the former side. Furthermore, stories of love and impossible love are especially difficult to tell without relying on old images and ideas and I found a lot of fresh images and language in Another Name. Furthermore, I think anyone who has ever kept a diary of difficulty in their lives could have a powerful experience, as Greathouse is able to channel that no-one-else-will-read this sense of honesty, while still writing in the language and images of public literature. Finally, I think the poetic nature of the language actually works to keep Another Name from being melodrama; the rhythm, the images, the flow of sentences all show there is more at stake in this story than just a narrator lost in her own emotions.

It'd be interesting to read it alongside Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, which, in a lot of ways invented that deep, personal, psychological exploration.
  prophetandmistress | Oct 7, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615734766, Paperback)

After three years of isolation, a woman opens a box she filled with the artifacts of memory, tucked far away and intended never to reopen, and discovers a Book of Dreams she has no recollection of having placed there. She begins reading the unfamiliar book and writes a letter to its author – a stranger, reconstructing her loss, longing and ultimately discovering her salvation; flashing between her childhood, love and changing seasons in New England, and isolated life in Los Angeles.

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