Mother of Sorrows (Vintage Contemporaries)

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"Richard McCann's "Mother of Sorrows is almost unbearably beautiful. It is, purely and simply, the real thing-a book so intricately felt, so magnificently written, that it can stand unembarrassed beside the mystery of life itself. It has immediately joined the small body of books I keep close by, for the times I need reminding of the heights we can attain using only ink and paper." -Michael Cunningham, author of T"he Hours
"These stories are written in a precise, spare, and tender poetry. They are full of haunted and love-filled moments of American memory." -Colm Toibin, author of" The Master
"These stories are heartbreaking, and yet they are written with so much tenderness I came away from them filled with their beauty rather than their sadness. Richard McCann writes like a dream." -Ann Patchett, author of "Bel Canto
""Mother of Sorrows is written in language so precise and vibrant, reading it brings to mind the elegiac stories of John Cheever and Richard Yates. McCann's compassionate, refractive method, however, is all his own." -Bernard Cooper, author of "Maps to Anywhere
"There is sorrow, of course, in "Mother of Sorrows. Richard McCann delivers sorrow, of the most knowing, serious kind-and joy, lust, awareness unfolding, the lyric and the ugly-all held in the loving embrace of exceptionally strong and tender language. McCann delivers."
-Amy Bloom, author of "Come to Me
"James Baldwin once described successful artists as those who had reconciled themselves to the task of a 'delicate, arduous, disciplined
self-exposure.' In "Mother of Sorrows, Richard McCann has subjected himself to this process with brave honesty, and the result is a portrait of afamily as tender as it is harrowing." -Adam Haslett, author of "You Are Not a Stranger Here

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"Richard McCann's "Mother of Sorrows" is almost unbearably beautiful. It is, purely and simply, the real thing-a book so intricately felt, so magnificently written, that it can stand unembarrassed beside the mystery of life itself. It has immediately joined the small body of books I keep close by, for the times I need reminding of the heights we can attain using only ink and paper." -Michael Cunningham, author of T"he Hours"
"These stories are written in a precise, spare, and tender poetry. They are full of haunted and love-filled moments of American memory." -Colm Toibin, author of" The Master"
"These stories are heartbreaking, and yet they are written with so much tenderness I came away from them filled with their beauty rather than their sadness. Richard McCann writes like a dream." -Ann Patchett, author of "Bel Canto"
""Mother of Sorrows" is written in language so precise and vibrant, reading it brings to mind the elegiac stories of John Cheever and Richard Yates. McCann's compassionate, refractive method, however, is all his own." -Bernard Cooper, author of "Maps to Anywhere
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"There is sorrow, of course, in "Mother of Sorrows." Richard McCann delivers sorrow, of the most knowing, serious kind-and joy, lust, awareness unfolding, the lyric and the ugly-all held in the loving embrace of exceptionally strong and tender language. McCann delivers."
-Amy Bloom, author of "Come to Me"
"James Baldwin once described successful artists as those who had reconciled themselves to the task of a 'delicate, arduous, disciplined
self-exposure.' In "Mother of Sorrows," Richard McCann has subjected himself to this process with brave honesty, and the result is a portraitof a family as tender as it is harrowing." -Adam Haslett, author of "You Are Not a Stranger Here"

"From the Hardcover edition."

""Mother of Sorrows" is almost unbearably beautiful. It is, purely and simply, the real thing -- a work of fiction so intricately felt, so magnificently written, that it can stand unembarrassed beside the mystery of life itself."-Michael Cunningham, author of "The Hours"

"Some of the cleanest, most elegant and unfussy prose I've read in ages. . . . [It] is, on one level, a gay coming-of-age narrative, and as such it ranks among the best. . . . But the ruling metaphors here are more universal: concealment and disclosure, assertion and invisibility." -James Marcus, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"The voice in McCann's "Mother of Sorrows "is purely his own -- lyrical, melancholy, precise, refined." -"Newsday"

"McCann holds such an exquisitely bright light over the landscape of 1950s suburban Maryland and the coming of age of his emotionally fragile, unnamed protagonist who appears in each interlocking story that the resulting book feels almost combustible. . . [His] prose is full of achingly sensual detail and imagery." -"The Washington Post Book World"

"Mother of Sorrows is almost unbearably beautiful. It is, purely and simply, the real thing -- a work of fiction so intricately felt, so magnificently written, that it can stand unembarrassed beside the mystery of life itself."-Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

"Some of the cleanest, most elegant and unfussy prose I've read in ages. . . . [It] is, on one level, a gay coming-of-age narrative, and as such it ranks among the best. . . . But the ruling metaphors here are more universal: concealment and disclosure, assertion and invisibility." -James Marcus, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The voice in McCann's Mother of Sorrows is purely his own -- lyrical, melancholy, precise, refined." -Newsday

"McCann holds such an exquisitely bright light over the landscape of 1950s suburban Maryland and the coming of age of his emotionally fragile, unnamed protagonist who appears in each interlocking story that the resulting book feels almost combustible. . . [His] prose is full of achingly sensual detail and imagery." -The Washington Post Book World

About the Author:

Richard McCann's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Tin House, and Ploughshares, and in many anthologies, including Best American Essays 2000. He is the author of Ghost Letters, a book of poems. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and from the Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundations. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he co-directs the graduate program in creative writing at American University.

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