Something to Remember Me by

Something to Remember Me by

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Includes two novellas, "A Theft" and "The Bellarosa Collection", and the author's title piece story, "Something to Remember Me By". Originally published by "Esquire", it tells the tender and funny story of a young man's sexual initiation and guilt, one bleak Chicago winter's day in more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 106.68 x 172.72 x 17.78mm | 136.08g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140174265
  • 9780140174267

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In 1989, both in paperback original, appeared Bellow's hundred-page-or-so novella A Theft, followed a few months later by The Bellarosa Connection, which came in at about the same length. Add now "Something to Remember Me By," a 35-page story that lends its admittedly poignant title to the present volume of the three tales under one cover. The new piece is the remembrance - back in Chicago of 1933 - of a 17-year-old boy's first encounter with a hooker, this wonderfully comic episode occurring against the somber backdrop of the lingering death of the boy's mother by cancer. Though it may stretch credibility at a moment or two, the story brims over in the riches of Bellow's observing eye and his pulse-perfect renderings of life's textures in immigrant Chicago during a dreary Depression winter. Those are far luckiest who didn't buy the earlier two separate volumes, since here are all three for less than the price of one. Including a preface by Bellow on the merits and virtues of writing short. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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