Frances and Bernard

Frances and Bernard

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"A novel of stunning subtlety, grace, and depth . . . compos[ed in] dueling letters of breathtaking wit, seduction, and heartbreak." -- Booklist , starred review

A letter can spark a friendship.
A friendship can change your life.

In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists' colony. She finds him faintly ridiculous, but talented. He sees her as aloof, but intriguing. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over--and change the course of--our lives.

From points afar, they find their way to New York and, for a few whirling years, each other. The city is a wonderland for young people with dreams: cramped West Village kitchens, rowdy cocktail parties stocked with the sharp-witted and glamorous, taxis that can take you anywhere at all, long talks along the Hudson River as the lights of the Empire State Building blink on above.

Inspired by the lives of Flannery O'Connor and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard imagines, through new characters with charms entirely their own, what else might have happened. It explores the limits of faith, passion, sanity, what it means to be a true friend, and the nature of acceptable sacrifice. In the grandness of the fall, can we love another person so completely that we lose ourselves? How much should we give up for those we love? How do we honor the gifts our loved ones bringand still keep true to our dreams?

In witness to all the wonder of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance, Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who help us discover who we are.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
ISBN: 9780547858241
0547858248
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bauer Carlene 02/2013
Characteristics: 195 p. ;,22 cm.

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mrsgail5756 Sep 30, 2013

Interesting but not one of my favorites.

ChristchurchLib May 20, 2013

"A tale loosely inspired by Robert Lowell and Flannery O'Connor which traces the intense friendship and literary bond shared by two mid-20th-century New York writers through an exchange of letters that explores their respective writing forms and beliefs about faith, passion and the nature of acceptable sacrifice." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635711

DesPlainesReaders Mar 20, 2013

Inspired by the lives of fiction writer Flannery O'Connor and poet Robert Lowell, this epistolary novel is set in the 1950s and explores a literary friendship and, briefly, a love affair between its two strong-willed protagonists. An elegant, insightful novel. LauraADPPL/WeAreSpartacus

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