Big as Life: Three Tales for S
The second volume in Maureen Howard's planned quartet of fictions based on the seasons reaffirms her reputation as one of America's most highly regarded authors. In the title piece, Howard presents an ambitious exploration of the life and work of John James Audubon, revealing how his dedication to his masterpiece, The Birds of America, devoured everyone around him, including his wife, Lucy. In "Children with Matches," a feminist historian discovers that the hard lessons of the past may be a route to responsibility in the present. "The Magdalene" is a tale of willful innocence and loss of faith about a woman who comes to New York in the 1930s to be the nanny of a wealthy family. Thoughtful, intricate, and insightful, Howard's stories are compelling achievements.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 129.5 x 195.1 x 15mm | 163.3g
- 01 May 2002
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
"A splendid new triptych of novellas." --John Leonard, The New York Times Book Review "Succeeds in gorgeously evoking the movement of lives and minds and emotion . . . This is a quiet, contemplative book of subtlety and grace, passion and commitment." --The Atlantic Monthly
About Maureen Howard
Maureen Howard is the author of seven novels, including Grace Abounding, Expensive Habits, and Natural History, all of which were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has taught at a number of American universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Amherst, and Yale, and was recently awarded the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City.