Frances and Bernard

Frances and Bernard

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By (author) Carlene Bauer

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Hardback | 195 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 211mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0547858248
  • ISBN 13: 9780547858241
  • Sales rank: 395,754

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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 bring and 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.

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"A wholly original, very moving novel about how sometimes the deepest relationships in our lives are also the most impossible. The letters between Frances and Bernard--which begin as witty, sometimes wary, and full of unusual confidences about love and spiritual matters--explode with passion on the page. My eyes filled with tears. It is wonderful to read something so rare and true. What a rich writer and two unforgettable lovers! I was sorry to reach its end." --Stephanie Cowell, author of "Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet" and "The Physician of London ""I had ten pages left as the bus pulled into my home station, and I wanted to murder the driver for rousting me from my seat. Instead of heading home, I stood in the parking lot and finished the book right then and there. I did not merely love Frances and Bernard; I worried myself sick over them. And the prose! So delectable you could eat it for dessert." --Monica Wood, author of "When We Were the Kennedys" and "Any Bitter Thing "