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Short History of a Prince, the (1998) [Novel]
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Set in Jane Hamilton's signature Midwest, The Short History of a Prince is the story of Walter McCloud and his ambition to become a great ballet dancer. With compassion and humor, and alternating between Walter's adolescent and adult voices, the novel tells of Walter's heartbreak as he realizes that his passion cannot make up for the innate talent that he lacks. Introduced as a child to the genius of Balanchine and the lyricism of Tchaikovsky by his stern but cultured aunt Sue Rawson, Walter has dreamed of growing up to shine in the role of the Prince in The Nutcracker. But as Walter struggles with the limits of his own talent and faces the knowledge that Mitch and Susan, his more gifted friends, have already surpassed him, Daniel, his older brother, awakens one morning with a strange lump on his neck that leads to fearful consequences - and to Walter's realization that a happy family, and a son's place in it, can tragically change overnight. The year that follows will in fact transform the lives not only of the McClouds but also of Susan, who becomes deeply involved with the sick Daniel, and Mitch, the handsome and supremely talented dancer with whom Walter is desperately in love. Into this absorbing narrative Hamilton weaves a place of almost mythical healing, the family's summer home at Lake Margaret, Wisconsin, where for generations the clan has gathered on both happy and unhappy occasions.

Original title: The Short History of a Prince
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGay & Lesbian
FictionGeneral FictionEccentric People
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

Edition #1: Short History of a Prince, the

Short History of a Prince, the (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Subtle, moving, and utterly convincing." Newsweek
  • "Lovely in it appreciation of the resilience of family, Hamilton's plainsong to American endurance still lifts the heart." Entertainment Weekly
  • "With intelligence and empathy, and drawing on rich veins of irony, Hamilton tells the story of Walter's search to define his talents, at once surprising and redemptive." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Hamilton's third novel and arguably her best, for it matches its range of emotion with a technical precision both masterful and haunting, Hamilton has eased time and memory throughout her novel with the expert abandon of a dancer in full pirouette." Boston Globe
  • "Hamilton can make real life riveting. There can be no better recommendation for a novelist." Denver Post
  • "Irresistible...As Hamilton evokes the powerful grip of love, both young and mature, cruel and ecstatic, she reaffirms life." People
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Manifested in:

The Short History of a Prince (March 1999)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 9780385479486
Dimensions: 7.99 x 5.21 x .92 in
Pages: 368

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