The Mark Z. Danielewski's the Whalestoe Letters
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The Mark Z. Danielewski's the Whalestoe Letters

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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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 83 pages
  • 124.46 x 205.74 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Pantheon Books Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0375714413
  • 9780375714412
  • 71,154

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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.show more

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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 Yorkshow more

About Mark Z. Danielewski

Mark Z. Danielewski was born in 1966.show more