After years of being kept in the dark, Ariel Rankin learns that her birth father is a man named Kip Calder who went to Vietnam and then disappeared before she was born. The discovery shakes her world to the core. Realizing she can no longer elude her past if she is to have a future, Ariel leaves behind her life in New York City and heads west to New Mexico to find the mysterious Calder-and the truth of who she is. Audaciously weaving social and magic realism, award-winning author Bradford Morrow delivers a moving exploration of the search for identity and reconciliation with the past.
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Bradford Morrow is the author of the novels Come Sunday, Trinity Fields, and Giovanni's Gift. In 1998, the American Academy of Arts and Letters presented him with the Academy Award in Literature. He is a professor of literature at Bard College and is founder and editor of the literary journal Conjunctions.From Publishers Weekly:
Morrow uses a woman's search to find her father as a vehicle to explore the dual legacies of Los Alamos and Vietnam in his latest, a powerful, multilayered novel in which he revisits a character from Trinity Fields, Kip Calder, who becomes the holy grail of a quest by his daughter, Ariel Rankin. As the novel opens, Rankin is leading a comfortable life as an assistant editor for a Manhattan publisher, but things gets turned upside down in a hurry by a surprise pregnancy, along with the revelation that Brice McCarthy (who also appeared in Trinity Fields) is not her real father. Most of the novel involves Rankin's search for Calder, who survives a bout with illness and a down-and-out stretch when he is taken in by the Montoya family in the remote desert of New Mexico. Rankin's search is complicated by Calder's erratic wanderings, which culminate in an effort to help Delfino Montoya, who worked on the Manhattan Project, recover the ranch that was seized by the government during the military effort. The first half of the novel is near-brilliant, as Morrow sets up a tightly woven network of strong, intriguing characters while crafting evocative chapters about the tumultuous effect of political events on the lives of his protagonists. The novel fades down the stretch, mostly due to overcomplicated subplots, including one involving Rankin and her love interest, Marcos Montoya, while a final confrontation with the government on the ranch is drawn out and labored. These problems aside, this is yet another outstanding, thought-provoking novel from one of America's major literary voices as he continues to explore the issues that made Trinity Fields so compelling and memorable.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0142002828
Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110142002828