House Under Snow by Jill Bialosky

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A first novel by an acclaimed American poet, House Under Snow is a story
of mothers and daughters, of sexual identity, of a family slowly disintegrating after the premature death of its patriarch. Anna Crane, soon to be married, reflects back on her childhood in Ohio during the 1960s and '70s with her two sisters and her charismatic, self-destructing mother. Evoking the claustrophobia of small-town life, Anna's first passionate love affair with a troubled boy who works as a groom and trainer at a horse track, and her mother's endless stream of suitors and a failed marriage, the novel races toward a chilling conclusion when Anna is betrayed by the two most important figures in her young life.
Not since Alice McDermott's That Night has there been such a telling portrait of first love. And not since Mona Simpson's Anywhere But Here have we witnessed the destructive, seductive nature of a mother who insists on competing with her children. An unforgettable tale of the power and vulnerability of sex and family, history and the past, House Under Snow is a lyrical and brilliant fictional debut.

About Jill Bialosky

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Jill Bialosky received an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of two books of poetry, and her poems and essays appear regularly in the Paris Review, the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Nation, and Redbook, among others. An editor at W. W. Norton, she lives in New York with her husband and son.
Published July 23, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bialosky is an editor at Norton, already esteemed as a poet (Subterranean), and this lacerating first novel bears many traces of a poet's imagery and concentration.

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Readers of HOUSE UNDER SNOW won't be surprised to learn that author Jill Bialosky is a poet.

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