Nearer Than the Sky

Nearer Than the Sky

A Novel

Book - 2000
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In those days, there were no words to describe the nature of my mother's tales. No diagnosis for her tendency toward fiction. No names for women who make accidents happen to their children. No terms for imaginary heroes. And so we listened to my mother's stories in silence and tried to believe.

Indie Brown is a woman haunted by a childhood she'd rather forget in T. Greenwood's luminous and terrifying second novel.

As an adult, Indie has moved far away from her parents, and created a new life with her long time companion, Peter, a sensitive and steadfast partner. Together they have forged a simple and happy life in the back woods of Maine. But one autumn evening, a late night phone call from her younger sister sends Indie reeling back into the chaos of her troubled family, and she reluctantly returns home.

It is there, back in the mountains of Arizona, that events from her past are suddenly and painfully illuminated. From her mother's disturbing relationship with her younger sister to the death of her brother, Indie is assaulted by the nightmares of her childhood. And after a sudden and unpredictable turn of events, she is ultimately forced to reevaluate her relationships with her mother, her sister, and with Peter.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, the elusive and horrific mental disorder which causes afflicted mothers to make their own children ill, comes to life in this tragic yet beautiful story. With the same lyrical prose displayed in her award-winning debut novel, Breathing Water , Greenwood once again takes on brutal subject matter with sensitivity and grace.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312265038
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm.


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Nov 15, 2018

more than three years later, this fine book receives another comment. " Daddy was in the backyard trying to tame the weeds. The couch that his best friend, Eddie Grand, had brought to us instead of to the Goodwill was still sitting in the backyard. We couldn't get ti through the doorway, so Daddy put it out back. Sunflowers had first started to grow up around the couch in August, and be September had started to poke their way up through the cushions. It sat out there all winter and now it was completely tangled up in dead weeds." The condition that forms the backbone of its theme, Munchhausen's by proxy, has gone out of fashion, yet I believe is a profoundly incisive explanation for much that passes as 'the news.' For instance, the recent Kavanaugh confirmation hearings offered an example of the syndrome. That first witness, the professor from Stanford, fit the bill, exceedingly well. No one else has noticed. This might be because the syndrome has not been in the news for decades, so the newspeople , the commentators, all those who specialize in shaping and moulding public opinion, were not up on it, it preceded their rise to stardom. "Little Ike was my size. He offered to teach me how to shoot because he knew better than anyone else that there were special skills needed to play pool when you were only four-foot-six." " She ate the tuna and then asked for more. I gave in, and soon she had cleaned her paws and curled up on the couch as if this were her home." " This funny black-and-white cat began purring even before I touched her stomach, which she rolled over and exposed like a gift. ' You like it here?' I asked. ' I suppose you've moved right in?' She purred loudly and I sat next to her with a fork and my saucepan of macaroni and cheese."

Mar 01, 2013

The human psyche is unexplainable. A very good book. Many detailed descriptions of household things, food, etc., but they are absolutely not boring.


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