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By David Plante

ISBN-10: 0307472825

ISBN-13: 9780307472823

An unique and radiant novel approximately grief, obsession, and the necessity for which means from the writer of The Family, a finalist for the nationwide e-book Award.When his younger son dies in a freak twist of fate, Gerard struggles to discover a cause within the smallest of info, together with the scrap of paper containing the Sanskrit alphabet that's stumbled on on the website. Latching directly to this ultimate “clue,” he delves into the origins of Indo-European alphabets, his fascination taking him to England, Greece, and at last, to an old web site within the Syrian desolate tract the place the alphabet used to be born a few 4000 years in the past. alongside the best way he meets different grieving mom and dad, who accompany him on a trip that extends past old wisdom and correct into the center of affection and loss.

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Eve’s empirical existence in the phenomenal world gave her an edge on Gretel as a candidate for the object of my longings and subject of my reveries. After turning off the lamps and on the Mickey Mouse nightlight, Sally left the room with warnings of what she’d do to me if she heard a peep from either of us. Listening to the sound of the party, I heard unintelligibly mingled boisterous conversations, the popping of champagne corks, the clinking and clattering of glasses, silverware, and plates, and rolls of jubilant laughter, out of which I could, now and then, discern the inimitably exuberant guffaw of my father.

I began to think about her more than I thought about Eve. I was once again, I realized, falling in love. Wrapping a small beige towel around my waist, over my bathing briefs, to parade around the pool, I’d imagine, as I strutted past her, that I probably reminded her of the son of Tarzan. He was a good swimmer too. ” If, as was most often the case, Mrs. Wiener was late in picking her daughter up, Sally May Carter, after commanding us (the girl first and then me) to change into dry clothes in the pool house, would serve us a snack by the pool.

Sweet Jesus! When the time comes, you’ll know just how to give your little Gretel all the sweet lovin’ she wants. ” “It’s called a penis,” I said, flaunting my mastery of the technical terminology. ” When my mother came home from the hospital, I asked her if it had been painful. “No,” she lied, “not at all. ” After being coerced into cradling my new brother in my arms, I was informed by my proud father that Robert was circumcised, just like us. He showed me the bandaged penis and the dried remains of the umbilical cord.

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