A Century of November by W. D. Wetherell

By W. D. Wetherell

Winner of the 2004 Michigan Literary Fiction Award for novelA haunting tale of the ability of dying, the discomfort of loss, and the opportunity of hope."Gripping, damning, and transfixing."---Entertainment Weekly" . . . possesses a time-bending gravity. . . . [A] small vintage of sleek language and earned emotion."---San Francisco Chronicle". . . a superbly written novel of struggle and the wrenching grief and unanswerable questions it leaves in its wake. . . . A Century of November is stuffed with certain, startling imagery and stylish, richly poetic description---Wetherell turns out certainly incapable of writing a lazy sentence---and this final part of the unconventional is as surreal, hypnotic and harrowing as any literature in fresh reminiscence. the whole lot, in truth, is a jewel, an unforgettable ancient novel that Wetherell has rigorously (and artfully) seeded with a great deal of modern resonance." ---Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)"A poignant, probing tale. . . . Wetherell's prose and personality writing are unflinching . . . [and his] tackle a parent's discomfort is deeply moving."---Publishers Weekly "A well timed reminder of the devastation of mortal strive against. . . ."---Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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