Living To Tell by Antonya Nelson
A Novel

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Antonya Nelson's Living to Tell deals with the aftermath of trauma (it kicks off with the flight home, from prison, of the once happy-go-lucky young man who was behind the wheel, slightly drunk, in an accident in which his even more drunk and much-beloved grandmother was killed), and is really a novel about the dynamics of family than the vagaries of university politics. The family's patriarch, the exquisitely named Professor Mabie, is also its center, and the academic lunacy, tangential to the main plot, serves as a smart, understated, witty commentary on the family lunacy.

—Mark Winegardner, a professor in the creative writing program at Florida State University, is the author of four books, including the novel The Veracruz Blues.


About Antonya Nelson

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Antonya Nelson is the author of three short-story collections and two previous novels, Talking in Bed and Nobody's Girl -- both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in Esquire, and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories collections. She has also been awarded the Flannery O'Connor Award and the PEN/Nelson Algren Award. Ms. Nelson lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her husband, the writer Robert Boswell, and their two children.
Published January 1, 2000 by Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Scribner. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Over the course of the following year, with time as the novel’s engine, a family friend dies from cancer, a family member is diagnosed with cancer, a family relative goes on birth control and still gets pregnant, and the family adjusts to Winston’s presence.

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