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The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters [Paperback]

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In Timothy Schaffert's seriocomic debut, two sisters on the cusp of womanhood struggle to understand their father's suicide as well as their mother's abandonment of them many years earlier.

Lily and Mabel live on their own in their grandmother's antique shop in rural Nebraska. They are bonded by their loyalty to each other and their haunting urgency to reconcile their own versions of the past so that they might build their futures together.

In a rebellious act, Lily steals a car with her boyfriend and heads southwest to an Arizona vineyard to confront her mother. Mabel stays behind, seeking to commune somehow with her father's ghost.

In a story that rises out of the spare Nebraska landscape, Schaffert delivers a textured, eccentric, and redemptive tale about two young women searching for wholeness and love.



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Item Specifications...


Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.19" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 2007
Publisher   Unbridled Books
ISBN  1932961429  
ISBN13  9781932961423  


Availability  115 units.
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Fascinating clutter . . .  Aug 9, 2005
One of the odder well-written books I've read in a long while. Author Schaffert crafts sentences in a beguiling way, piling up details and creating situations with the logic of dreams, propelling the reader along, until the book becomes a lot like getting lost in a fun house. And looking back at vantage points in the narrative, it doesn't all make a lot of sense. The Rollow Sisters (Mabel, not her real name; and Lily) don't have "phantom limbs" except in some metaphorical sense that's left to the reader to puzzle out. Abandoned by every member of their family (one of them a suicide) the two young women live in a house crammed with mostly worthless junk for sale, which clutters the story itself in fascinating detail.

Meanwhile, their heads are filled with another kind of clutter - attitudes, poses, bits of storylines from movies, magazines, tabloids, and a dozen other forms of popular culture. The two of them inhabit a world of imagination in a suspended state of arrested development. One of them suddenly leaves with a boyfriend in search of their mother. The other becomes strangely involved with a grieving family of brothers. Recommended for readers who like out of the ordinary and not so obvious fiction that keeps you guessing how all the pieces will eventually fit together.
 
Read this book!  Jan 6, 2003
Warmhearted and assured, this debut novel sparkles. Hotheaded Lily and perverse Mabel are wonderful characters, longing to find their places in a precarious world. There are many delightful and quirky touches along the way, and beneath the lively surface there is a sure and steady heartbeat. Mabel and Lily lingered in my mind long after I finished the book.
 
Read this book!  Jan 5, 2003
Warmhearted and assured, this debut novel sparkles. Hotheaded Lily and perverse Mabel are wonderful characters, longing to find their places in a precarious world. There are many delightful and quirky touches along the way, and beneath the lively surface there is a sure and steady heartbeat. Mabel and Lily lingered in my mind long after I finished the book.
 
Great Debute!  Aug 29, 2002
A great story of sisters dealing with suicide and abandonment. I truly emersed myself in the characters Lily, Mable, and Jordan.
 

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