The Mark Z. Danielewski's the Whalestoe Letters

The Mark Z. Danielewski's the Whalestoe Letters

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By (author) Mark Z. Danielewski, By (author) Pelafina Liaevre

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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 83 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 206mm x 10mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375714413
  • ISBN 13: 9780375714412
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 56,718

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Between 1982 and 1989, Pelafina H. Lievre sent her son, Johnny Truant, a series of letters from The Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a psychiatric facility in Ohio where she spent the final years of her life. Beautiful, heartfelt, and tragic, this correspondence reveals the powerful and deeply moving relationship between a brilliant though mentally ill mother and the precocious, gifted young son she never ceases to love. Originally contained within the monumental "House of Leaves," this collection stands alone as a stunning portrait of mother and child. It is presented here along with a foreword by Walden D. Wyhrta and eleven previously unavailable letters.

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Mark Z. Danielewski was born in 1966.

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"From the madhouse, Johnny Truant's mother writes some of the most tender, chilling, faux-psychotic writing I've ever read. This dangerous, lucid, confused but very eloquent lady . . . is playful, apologetic, crazed, paranoid, self-abasing, cunning--a tigress with a gift for gab." --Robert Kelly, "The New York Times Book Review" " " ""The Whalestoe Letters" are dazzling." --Steven Moore, "The Washington Post" "Danielewski has a songwriter's heart." --John Freeman, "Time Out New York"

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Between 1982 and 1989, Pelafina H. Lievre sent her son, Johnny Truant, a series of letters from The Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a psychiatric facility in Ohio where she spent the final years of her life. Beautiful, heartfelt, and tragic, this correspondence reveals the powerful and deeply moving relationship between a brilliant though mentally ill mother and the precocious, gifted young son she never ceases to love. Originally contained within the monumental House of Leaves, this collection stands alone as a stunning portrait of mother and child. It is presented here along with a foreword by Walden D. Wyhrta and eleven previously unavailable letters.