Bruce Kellner's New Novel Examines the Troubling Pull of the Past:
In "The Prettiest Girls in Euphoria, Kansas," literary biographer
Bruce Kellner probes the fragmented nature of memory in a narrative
that does not tell time by clocks or remember it by calendars. On a
midwestern farm in the last century, a boy is forced to come of age
in a colorful family of dysfunctional women, scarred by the
unfulfilled dreams of his alcoholic mother, his strange spinster
aunts, his malevolent nieces, and especially "the prettiest girls
in Euphoria, Kansas," his five unforgettable sisters. The hapless
lives of frigid Emily, beautiful Louella, the competitive but dim
twins Verda and Opal, and baleful Alice (also the lives of the
losers they marry or don't) range from hilarious to heartbreaking.
Inevitably, these women - equally appealing and appalling -
dominate their much younger "Brother," an identity he can only
escape by fleeing from them. Now, as a man in late middle-age,
Brother must return to the town he escaped long before, in an
attempt to cope with the shards of memory that have always haunted
him. The impact of the past on the present dominates Kellner's
novel, through the erratic, mysterious power of memory,
simultaneously faithful and unreliable. "Memory is our sixth
sense," Brother observes. "Is the fading of the other ones as we
grow older the reason why memories of the past grow stronger?" As
he sifts through his family's legends, his sisters' overwhelming
personalities, and the enduring influence of his father, Brother's
fragmented memories are woven with bitter nostalgia and earthy
humor into an indelible account of a family's emotional history. By
turns whimsical, bawdy, poignant, and heartfelt, "The Prettiest
Girls in Euphoria, Kansas" examines not only the empowering sense
of the past on the present but the indestructible threads that bind
|Country of origin:
||216 x 140 x 14mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
General & literary fiction >
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!