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Francine Prose

Original Airdate: May 9, 2010


About the Author

Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. She lives in New York City.

Select Bibliography

Anne Frank 2009

Touch 2009

Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato 2009

Goldengrove 2008

Bullyville 2008

Reading Like a Writer 2006

A Changed Man 2006

Caravaggio 2005

After 2004

The Lives of the Muses 2002

Primitive People 2001

Blue Angel 2000

Women and Children First 1988

Household Saints 1981

Guided Tours of Hell 1997

Hunters and Gatherers 1995

The Peaceable Kingdom 1993

Primitive People 1992

Bigfoot Dreams 1986

Hungry Hearts 1983

Animal Magnetism 1978

Marie Laveau 1977

The Glorious Ones 1974

Judah the Pious 1973


About this Book

A young girl faces the consequences of sudden loss after the death of her sister. As her parents drift toward their own risky consolations, thirteen-year-old Nico is left alone to grope toward understanding and clarity, falling into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister's enigmatic boyfriend. Over one haunted summer, Nico must face that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them. She learns about the power of art, of time and place, the mystery of loss and recovery. But for all the darkness at the novel's heart, the narrative itself is radiant with the lightness of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of teenage life.



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