From the author of the acclaimed The Noonday Demon comes an exquisitely perceptive story of family, sexuality, and the changes wrought by grief and loss.
Harry, an internationally celebrated concert pianist, arrives in Paris to confront his glamorous mother about his homosexuality. Instead, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and depression at the prospect of her death, he embarks on a series of intense love affairs. But as time runs out and tragedy looms closer, it is the relationship between Harry and his mother that emerges in all its stark simplicity and purity.
Part eulogy and part confession, A Stone Boat is a luminous and moving evocation of the love between a son and his mother.(2003-04-02)
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"A shimmering remembrance of things past and a meditation on love and death...evokes with sensitivity and compassion teh severingof a deeply rooted, complex relationship" ( New York Times Book Review)
"Like a soloists cadenza , A Stone Boat is a technically brilliant, virtuoso piece of work" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Brittle irony and teeming grief, a pairing that achieves an odd but perfect balance...the novel buzzes with bizarre charm" ( Sunday Times)
"A groundbreaking exploration of sexual identity adn a gripping narrative of loss" (Naomi Wolf)
"These days, very few novels need to have been written: this one did. Andrew Solomon seems to have reached a moment of balance between a rush of feeling and the deliberateness of truth-tellling. It is the everyday thud and constant difficulty of sadness which is described so werll here, above any psychological nuance" (Candida Clark Guardian)
'A beloved mother's death and its aftermath-One of the authentic achievements in American fiction' Harold Bloom
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Book Description Vintage Books USA, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099455684