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Frances and Bernard

by (Mariner Books)

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A "dazzling and gorgeously written" novel of art, faith, and life-changing friendship inspired by the correspondence of Flannery O'Connor and Robert Lowell (Ann Packer).

In the summer of 1957, two writers are immersed in their craft at an artist's colony nestled in upstate New York when chance brings them together. Frances, a country northerner, as committed to her solitude as she is her faith, and Bernard, a gregarious Bostonian with a propensity towards mania and grand gestures, find themselves forming a friendship, and then a courtship, as they each discover a kindred spirit beneath the obvious differences between them. But, as they become inexorably entwined in each other's lives, they struggle with the dependence of their romance and the conflict it causes with their own dreams.

Inspired by the lives of Flannery O'Connor and Robert Lowell, who formed an unlikely connection after meeting at Yaddo in the late fifties, and told in a series of intimate letters between the protagonists, Frances and Bernard is a touching and bittersweet look at what happens when love, desire, hope, faith, and friendship collide.

"Recalling 20th-century masters like Graham Greene and Walker Percy... Bauer is herself a distinctive stylist who can write about Simone Weil or Kierkegaard with wit and charm." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Engrossing... Funny, sweet and sad. A lovely surprise." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

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  • Publication Date: April 1, 2018
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 228 Pages
  • File Size: 1,717 KB

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