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The Resource The butterfly lampshade : a novel, by Aimee Bender

The butterfly lampshade : a novel, by Aimee Bender

Label
The butterfly lampshade : a novel
Title
The butterfly lampshade
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
by Aimee Bender
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"On the night her single mother is taken to a mental hospital after a psychotic episode, eight year-old Francie is staying with her babysitter, waiting to take the train to Los Angeles to go live with her aunt and uncle. There is a lovely lamp next to the couch on which she's sleeping, the shade adorned with butterflies. When she wakes, Francie spies a dead butterfly, exactly matching the ones on the lamp, floating in a glass of water. She drinks it before the babysitter can see. Twenty years later, Francie is compelled to make sense of that moment, and two other incidents - her discovery of a desiccated beetle from a school paper, and a bouquet of dried roses from some curtains. Her recall is exact - she is sure these things happened. But despite her certainty, she wrestles with the hold these memories maintain over her, and what they say about her own place in the world. As Francie conjures her past, and reduces her engagement with the world to a bare minimum, she begins to question her relationship to reality. The scenes set in Francie's past glow with the intensity of childhood perception, how physical objects can take on an otherworldly power. The question for Francie is, what do these events signify? And does this power survive childhood? Told in the lush, lilting prose that led The San Francisco Chronicle to say Aimee Bender is "a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language," THE BUTTERFLY LAMPSHADE is a heartfelt and heartbreaking examination of the sometimes overwhelming power of the material world, and a broken love between mother and child"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bender, Aimee
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.E538447
LC item number
B88 2020
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Memory
  • Mental illness
  • Mothers and daughters
Target audience
adult
Label
The butterfly lampshade : a novel, by Aimee Bender
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1136958911
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780385534871
Lccn
2020005930
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1136958911
Label
The butterfly lampshade : a novel, by Aimee Bender
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1136958911
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780385534871
Lccn
2020005930
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1136958911

Library Locations

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      15 Union Street, Manchester, MA, 01944, US
      42.5749735 -70.77138570000001
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