Certain Women by Madeleine L'Engle

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As David Wheaton's enormous family gathers around his deathbed, Emma Wheaton, his actress daughter, compares her father's life with a play about the Old Testament King David, written by her estranged husband. 40,000 first printing.

About Madeleine L'Engle

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Madeline L'Engle, the popular author of many books for children and adults, has interspersed her writing and teaching career with raising three children, maintaining an apartment in New York and a farmhouse of charming confusion which is called "Crosswicks.
Published October 1, 1992 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 351 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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They not only share a name, they share a personal history: King David of the Bible and David Wheaton, well-known actor of stage and screen--each enjoyed many wives, saw their sons killed and their women martyred, but nevertheless managed to live long, deep, and fruitful lives.

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Recasting the biblical tale as a meditation on love and marriage, L'Engle piles on literary references: David met Emma's mother while making a film version of The Mill on the Floss , named their daughter after the heroine of Madame Bovary and calls his boat the Portia .

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David in the morning, David at night, David eating sandwiches, David in the marriage bed.

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