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Sleeping with the Boss - Female Subjectivity and Narrative Pattern in Robert Penn Warren (Hardcover, New): Lucy Ferriss Sleeping with the Boss - Female Subjectivity and Narrative Pattern in Robert Penn Warren (Hardcover, New)
Lucy Ferriss
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This study exposes a female consciousness in the fictional works of Robert Penn Warren. It argues that the sexual relationships that Warren depicts in his novels are pivotal in establishing female personae whose effect on the narrative overturns conventional readings of the novels' meanings.

Nerves Of The Heart - A Novel (Hardcover, 1st ed): Lucy Ferriss Nerves Of The Heart - A Novel (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Lucy Ferriss
R691 R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Save R53 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Nine-year-old Toby Ames is a boy desperately in need of a heart transplant. His salvation comes in the form of Brooke Hunter, a young girl who died with her father in a motorcycle accident. Eight months later, Toby, his parents, Nick and Susannah, and Brooke's mother, Linsey, are left to face the demands of family, love, passion, and loss.
Nerves of the Heart is a remarkable portrait of individuals nursing old and new loves and the little boy who must shoulder the weight of the adults' hurts and hopes. The characters' burdens exact a considerable cost, but as their story unfolds, they also discover unexpected blessings.
After the deaths of her daughter and husband, Linsey Hunter moves to Roanoke, Virginia, to begin a new life near the boy who received Brooke's heart. With a void left in her life, Linsey seeks renewal within the bonds of Nick and Susannah's family. As she grows closer to Toby, Linsey begins to see a part of her daughter brought back to life through him. At the same time, Toby struggles to make Brooke's heart at home in his body and to connect with her spirit.
But Linsey's presence touches off vulnerabilities in Nick and Susannah's marriage. As their trust breaks down, Nick seeks solace in Linsey's new-age ways, and the vexed alliances of family are strained and redefined. Nick turns away; Susannah desperately tries both to give her son freedom in the face of his medical limitations and to maintain a routine that will keep him alive.
In this compelling family drama, author Lucy Ferriss offers a unique treatment of a contemporary issue. She explores the alliances, estrangements, injuries, and gifts of love that reside in the mysterious human heart. As Toby and the adults who care for him experience grief, betrayal, and renewal, Nerves of the Heart explores not only how long we can hang on to the heart's passions but when we must let them go.
The Author: Lucy Ferriss is the Allan K. Smith Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College. She has published numerous stories and is the author of Leaving the Neighborhood and Other Stories and the novels The Misconceiver, Against Gravity, and Philip's Girl. She lives in Hartford, Connecticut.

Unveiling the Prophet - The Misadventure of a Reluctant Debutante (Paperback): Lucy Ferriss Unveiling the Prophet - The Misadventure of a Reluctant Debutante (Paperback)
Lucy Ferriss
R496 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R33 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the autumn of 1972, Lucy Ferriss, then a young coed from a prominent St Louis family, was preparing for the Veiled Prophet Ball at which she was to be presented to society. Once the largest cotillion in the country, the invitation-only ball was unique among society events not only for the legend and mystery surrounding its namesake but also for its setting in a public, taxpayer-funded arena and for its accompanying parade. In the late sixties and early seventies, with racial tensions at a boiling point and urban renewal failing, the exclusively white male Christian membership of the Veiled Prophet Society and the Veiled Prophet's costume - eerily reminiscent of a Klansman's - attracted the ire of ACTION, a militant civil rights group. Before the 1972 ball, ACTION founder Percy Green, himself a native St Louisan, sent letters inviting all of the debutantes to join in the protest: ""ACTION understands that you hate being part of this upcoming white racist Veiled Prophet Ball as we hate you being forced to participate by your parents."" The letter didn't persuade Ferriss, who felt she owed it to her father to participate. She wrote back: ""Don't you have bigger fish to fry? This is just a stupid party. We are slaughtering people in Southeast Asia. Let this one go. It will fall of its own weight."" But ACTION did not let this one go. On the night of the ball, as Ferriss bowed in obeisance to the crowd and took her place on the stage, a woman swooped down onto the stage and knocked off the Veiled Prophet's hat and veil, revealing his identity. In the era of monumental Vietnam War protests, unmasking a wealthy and powerful old man might have seemed a feeble act of revolution, but this act forever changed the Veiled Prophet Ball in St Louis. Ferriss's memoirs blends regional history, national history, and her own personal history to create a fast-paced narrative that follows two time lines. One is the dramatic and often funny story of her attending the exclusive ball, having eaten half a pan of marijuana brownies beforehand, with a Jewish hippie who smelled of ""unwashed beard."" The other story takes place thirty years later as Ferriss returns to St Louis from her home on the East Coast to track down some of ACTION's principal activists as well as key figures in the Veiled Prophet Society. Over the course of this engaging story, Ferriss undergoes her own unveiling, as she discusses and comes to terms with her family; the past, present, and future of St Louis; and the cultural politics that frame young women': entrance into society.

The Lost Daughter (Paperback): Lucy Ferriss The Lost Daughter (Paperback)
Lucy Ferriss
R311 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R20 (6%) Out of stock

Brooke O'Connor--elegant, self-possessed, and kind--has a happy marriage and a deeply loved young daughter. So her adamant refusal to have a second child confounds her husband, Sean. When Brooke's high school boyfriend Alex--now divorced and mourning the death of his young son--unexpectedly resurfaces, Sean begins to suspect an affair.
For fifteen years Brooke has kept a shameful secret from everyone she loves. Only Alex knows the truth that drove them apart. His reappearance now threatens the life she has so carefully constructed and fortified by denial. With her marriage--and her emotional equilibrium--at stake, Brooke must confront what she has been unwilling to face for so long.
But the truth is not what Brooke believes it to be.
Lucy Ferriss's haunting novel reveals the profound ways in which remorse over the past can not only derail lives but also--sometimes--redeem them.

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