Item description for Earthquake by Susan Barnes...
"The second I finished reading Earthquake, without even thinking, I began reading it again. The prose has a lovely tidal pull. It's lyrical, vivid, stark, beautifully contained, dark, unblinking, and lulling. A pure and durable stream of coming-of-age vignettes. Earthquake is lush yet gritty, wondrously detailed yet written so cleanly. The book is a gem, and I use the term gem almost literally. The prose seems to have found its ideal voice, like a diamond formed at great depths in the earth, under intense pressure, and is fully alive, a sparkling artifact of compressed energy."-Amy Gerstler
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Turtle Point Press
ISBN 1933527110 ISBN13 9781933527116
Availability 0 units.
More About Susan Barnes
Susan Barnes spent her childhood in Alaska and Massachusetts. After years of traveling with her children, Kate and Ezra, she received her MFA in Painting from SUNY, Buffalo. She taught for several years at Cooper Union before moving to Pouch Cove, Newfoundland. She now lives and works in Biddeford, Maine.
Reviews - What do customers think about Earthquake?
Poetic but not necessarily literary Feb 21, 2008
Poet Simon Pettet, on the back cover, called this slim book, "A delightful coming-of-age memoir in which childhood's unflinching, candid appraisal creates hallucinogenic calm." An interesting observation, and one I can agree with up to a point -- I think the prose is dreamlike and a bit untethered to reality, and there is a calmness to the overall tone of the book, but it don't believe it ever reaches those heights of transcendence and disembodiment that Pettet suggests. Instead, it's a string of anecdotes and real-life vignettes that are delivered by well-crafted, highly deliberate sentence structures, which evoke interest but not connectivity between reader and subject. Susan and her three sisters, enigmatic father and non-descript mother, who all live in Alaska during the 1950s, are composites of characters, not fully-realized, breathing people with lives off the page. Again, the writing is strong, the images evocative and stirring at times, but the book begs to be longer than it is, with less anecdotal ditties and more depth and breadth of life. A pleasant diversion, but not a book that stays with you for long.
The best book ever printed Feb 14, 2008
This is a must-read from possibly the greatest unknown author of our time. Brilliant!