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The End of Youth

The End of Youth

A collection of 13 linked stories, essays and rants, about carrying on after the hope you had when you were young is gone. A child learns that there is good reason to be afraid, an adolescent finds that love can be brutal, and an adult realizes that longevity means seeing loved o... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780872864184
Published 16 May 2003 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Author(s) By Brown, Rebecca
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ISBN-13 9780872864184
ISBN-10 0872864189
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 16 May 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Brown, Rebecca
Category Modern Fiction
Short Stories
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 186mm
Spine: 8mm
Weight 142g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States - Social life and customs - Fiction., Life change events - Fiction., Maturation (Psychology) - Fiction.
NBS Text Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The End of Youth is a collection of thirteen linked stories, essays, and rants, about carrying on after the hope you had when you were young is gone. A child learns that there is good reason to be afraid. An adolescent narrator finds that love can be brutal. An adult realises that longevity means seeing loved ones die. Rebecca Brown writes with her usual spare and vivid beauty.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A strange and wonderful first-person voice emerges from the stories of Rebecca Brown, who strips her language of convention to lay bare the ferocious rituals of love and need. <br>-- The New York Times Book Review
US Review Thirteen stories/essays paint a nostalgic portrait of a family that, despite a certain intimacy, feels very far away. I fear, as much as a I desire, this inheritance, our narrator says near the close of Brown's slight fifth collection (What Keeps Me Here, 1996, etc.). I want to keep what they have given me, I want to rid myself of it. You can't tell whether the intent here is essay or fiction-a good deal is left out of the tales that a label of truth might fill in quite nicely. In Learning to See, for example, a youthful deformed eye, aimed directly back into the narrator's head, comes to stand for introspection, nostalgia, and regret. The Fish is made up of a distant father's memories, having to do with fishing, but will he be man enough to set free the one that didn't get away? A nearly standardized friendship at summer camp ( Nancy Booth, Wherever You Are ) leads to the self-helpy moral: I want to tell her I survived and I am happy now. I want to tell her I am grateful, while sexual emergence is chronicled in the lust our narrator feels for a teacher in A Vision, an infatuation that takes on a dreamy, mystical dimension. The Smokers aspires to little more than a family history given in narrow focus on the act of smoking, and An Element takes a similar tack around water as a concept, while My Mother's Body a matter-of-fact account of the rituals of attending to a corpse. Brown takes a step backward here with what feels like storytelling indecisiveness. As fiction, these pieces are missing something critical that's nevertheless hard to pinpoint-like puzzle dioramas whose solution is to find what's wrong or missing in the picture. Still, the emotion here is real, if obscured and muted by a cloud of emotion. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Rebecca Brown is the author of a dozen books of prose including THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, THE END OF YOUTH, THE DOGS, THE TERRIBLE GIRLS (City Lights) and THE GIFTS OF THE BODY (HarperCollins). She recently co-edited, with Mary Jane Knecht, an anthology of writers' responses to work at the Frye Art Museum.

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