Life With Swan

Life With Swan

A Novel

Book - 1999
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West poetically transcribes the literary household he shares with Diane Ackerman in a beautifully crafted story of the seventies. As his narrator re-creates their times together and their friendship with Raoul Bunsen -- a Carl Sagan-like character -- West paints a tender picture of lovers forging a bond that transcends the divide between art and science.

Through Bunsen's connections, the couple are invited to behind-the-scenes looks at momentous shuttle launches and astronomical discoveries -- an experience that proves to be creative inspiration for them both. With lyrical and lively language, West reveals the similarities in the awe he feels for the universe and the pleasure he takes in Swan. His imagery, from the dazzling appearance of Swan's hair to the infinite expanse of the Milky Way, burns with emotion and forms a striking testament to his feeling.

In Life with Swan, Paul West, described by The New York Times as "one of the most original talents in American fiction", creates a unique and poignant story that will touch the heart and engage the mind.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1999.
ISBN: 9780684848648
Branch Call Number: WEST
Characteristics: 300 p. ; 23 cm.


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