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- DescriptionHospice is the debut vel of Gregory Howard. In it, he follows Lucy, a young woman whose series of jobs opens windows into the secret lives of others and in so doing brings her back to her own secrets. When Lucy is little something happens to her brother. He disappears for months and when he returns he's t the same. He's t her broth-er. At least this is what Lucy believes. But what actually happened? Comic, melancholy, haunted, and endlessly inventive, Gregory How-ard's debut vel Hospice follows the adult Lucy as she drifts from job to job caring for dogs, children, and older women-all the while trying to escape the questions of her past only to find herself confronting them again and again. In the odd and lovely but also frightening life of Lucy, everyday neighbourhoods become wonderlands where ordinary houses reveal strange inmates living together in monastic seclusion, wayward children resort to blackmail to get what they want, and hospitals seem to appear and disappear to avoid being found. Replete with the sense that something strange is about to happen at any moment, Hospice blurs the borders between the mundane and miraculous, evoking the intensity of the secret world of childhood and distressing and absurd search for a place to call home.
- Author BiographyGregory Howard teaches fiction writing, contemporary literature, and film studies at the University of Maine, USA. His work has appeared in Web Conjunctions, Harp & Altar, and Tarpaulin Sky, among other journals. He lives in Bangor, Maine, USA.
- Author(s)Gregory Howard
- PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
- Date of Publication30/03/2015
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNormal
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFiction Collective Two
- Weight340 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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