A Wounded Thing Must Hide

A Wounded Thing Must Hide : In Search of Libbie Custer

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Brilliant, bizarre, but not in any conventional sense a biography A Wounded Thing Must Hide is Jeremy Poolman's first, fiercely original foray into non-fiction. Haunted by the death of his own wife, Karen, the author follows Libbie Custer, the wife of General Custer, through her extraordinary life in search of he knows not what. He vividly recreates key scenes in Libbie's life - meeting the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, Tsar Alexander III and Henry James - and details the glorious, wayward career of the general himself, culminating in the slaughter at Little Big Horn. Through the tangibly real recreation of the historical events that are so important to the narrator, the author of SKIN gets under the skin, gets to the places other biographies can't reach. Perhaps through exploring a widow's determination to protect her husband's damaged reputation, he can find a way to deal with his own loss. Perhaps by exploring Libby's and Custer's enduring love he can find a form for his own. Here, obliquely, biography bleeds into autobiography.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 259g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747561788
  • 9780747561781

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"Highly readable...Poolman follows a zigzag path across continents, seeking Libbie Custer, but, more, seeking himself through all kinds of lenses, including the blurry vision of his often drunk, Custer-obsessed father; in the end, while meditative, this is not without its humorous moments, and reminiscent of Ross McElwee's curious documentary film Sherman's March (1986)-and just as brilliant...an intriguing addition to the Custer literature."-"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "An engaging narrative."-"Publishers Weekly" "A beguiling oddity...Though scene for scene the book is written with precision and clarity, the overall effect is something of a subconscious fugue state, in which the mind is flooded with bits and pieces of narrative, memory and thoughts...The mix is illogical and daring in the most precipitous ways, yet like many unlikely creations, it works."-"San Francisco Chronicle" "A writer of considerable verbal dexterity and razor-sharp insight...Poolman clearly brshow more

About Jeremy Poolman

Jeremy Poolman is the author of four novels, INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE STATE OF ARIZONA, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best first Book, AUDACITY'S SONG, MY KIND OF AMERICA and SKIN. This is his first work of non-fiction.show more

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