The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story by Glenway Wescott
By Glenway Wescott
This strong brief novel describes the occasions of a unmarried afternoon. Alwyn Tower, an American expatriate and someday novelist, is staying with a chum outdoor of Paris, while a well-heeled,
itinerant Irish couple drops in—with Lucy, their knowledgeable hawk, a stressed, sullen, disturbingly totemic presence. Lunch is ready, drink ﬂows. A masquerade, immediately harrowing and farcical, begins.
a piece of classical beauty and concision, The Pilgrim Hawk stands with Faulkner’s The Bear as one of many ﬁnest American brief novels: a superbly crafted tale that also is a poignant evocation of the implacable energy of affection.
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