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Frances and Bernard - Carlene Bauer
Frances and Bernard
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In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. She finds him faintly ridiculous, but talented. He sees her as aloof, but intriguing. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course... show more
In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. She finds him faintly ridiculous, but talented. He sees her as aloof, but intriguing. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course of—our lives. From points afar, they find their way to New York and, for a few whirling years, each other. The city is a wonderland for young people with dreams: cramped West Village kitchens, rowdy cocktail parties stocked with the sharp-witted and glamorous, taxis that can take you anywhere at all, long talks along the Hudson River as the lights of the Empire State Building blink on above. Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard imagines, through new characters with charms entirely their own, what else might have happened. It explores the limits of faith, passion, sanity, what it means to be a true friend, and the nature of acceptable sacrifice. In the grandness of the fall, can we love another person so completely that we lose ourselves? How much should we give up for those we love? How do we honor the gifts our loved ones bring and still keep true to our dreams? In witness to all the wonder of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance, Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who help us discover who we are.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780547858241 (0547858248)
ASIN: 547858248
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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ellaminnowpea
ellaminnowpea rated it
Epistolary novels are a hard thing to pull off well, I think. The author has to create unique voices for two or more characters so that the letters don’t all sound the same, and they have to be able to find a way to explain and describe events that happen “off-screen” in such a way that it doesn’t f...
chapterseldomread
chapterseldomread rated it
A novel, in letter form, that follows the life of two fictitious writers (inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell), their love affair with each other and with God. The main love story was very engaging. Bernard, a poet and Frances an aspiring writer, meet at an artists colony. ...
Bonnie
Bonnie rated it
3.0 Frances and Bernard
My rating: 2.5 of 5 starsA copy of Frances and Bernard was provided to me by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Netgalley for review purposes.An epistolary novel, or a novel written solely in personal letters mainly between main characters Frances and Bernard. The novel is said to of been influenced by the l...
River City Reading
River City Reading rated it
4.0
Writing a novel inspired by American writers with rather well known histories is a risky leap that I fully applaud Carlene Bauer taking in Frances and Bernard. However, I think it is wise that she has been making it clear in interviews that Frances and Bernard are not meant to represent Flannery O'C...
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