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The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story by Glenway Wescott

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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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