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Caroline's Daughters: A Novel by Alice Adams

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By Alice Adams

"Alice Adams writes with appealing economic climate, an infallible experience of the telling detail--she can show extra in a number of sentences than such a lot writers do in a bulgingly over-fed chapter." --San Francisco Chronicle

Once back, Alice Adams demonstrates her mastery of the relations maze, her miraculous conception of the fragile and complicated threads that bind us to 1 another.

Caroline Carter, "almost wealthy and virtually old," has 5 daughters from 3 marriages. As she assesses precisely what it capability to be a mom to grownup daughters, we stick with them over the process a yr, when it comes to their husbands and fanatics. We see their deceptions, pleasures, triumphs, and setbacks. And we watch Caroline, as her personal lifestyles adjustments irrevocably.

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I guess he could, but every time he went out he met six. He always got the hell beat out of him. He used to come home all covered with blood. He’d sit beside the cook stove. We had to let him alone then. Couldn’t even speak to him or he’d cry. ” He paused. “You know he was a sticker in the slaughter-house. ” Nilson looked quickly at him, and then away. He bent the corner of the application card and creased it down with his thumb nail. ” he asked softly. Jim’s eyes narrowed. “She died a month ago,” he said.

You didn’t get no letters here,” said the woman suspiciously. “No, where I work. I won’t be back. ” Her smile faded slowly. Her expression seemed to slip toward anger without any great change. “You should of give me a week’s notice,” she said sharply. “That’s the rule. ” “I know,” Jim said. “That’s all right. ” The smile was back on the landlady’s face. “You been a good quiet roomer,” she said, “even if you ain’t been here long. If you’re ever around again, come right straight here. I’ll find a place for you.

They were working toward something. I want to work toward something. I feel dead. ” Nilson nodded. “I see. You’re God-damn right I see. ” “Second year in high-school. ” Jim smiled. “I’ve read a lot. My old man didn’t want me to read. He said I’d desert my own people. But I read anyway. One day I met a man in the park. He made lists of things for me to read. Oh, I’ve read a hell of a lot. He made lists like Plato’s Republic, and the Utopia, and Bellamy, and like Herodotus and Gibbon and Macaulay and Carlyle and Prescott, and like Spinoza and Hegel and Kant and Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

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