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Unravelling (1997) [Novel]
by Elizabeth Graver Rating: Weighted - 5.8 / Average - 2.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

This is a haunting novel set in 19th-century New England and narrated by a headstrong young woman whose independent spirit and unconventional choices isolate her from her community, her friends, and her family.

Told in language at once spare and lyrical, this is the story of Aimee Slater, who has always longed for a life beyond the small New Hampshire farm her family owns. When, against her mother's wishes, she goes off at the age of 15 to work in the City of Spindles, the factory town of Lowell, Massachusetts, she opens a rift between herself and her mother that feels, in her own words, like "an impossible distance." How Aimee ultimately creates a life for herself and bridges that distance makes for a moving story about love, loss, and the power of redemption.

Original title: Unravelling


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life
FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: Unravelling

Unravelling (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Like a 19th-century daguerreotype come vividly into focus, Unravelling is a beautifully realized, disturbing, haunting portrait of an unforgettable character. Once you meet Aimee Slater, it is impossible not to think constantly about her. The opposing forces of repressed and unrepressed eroticism, the depiction of the City of Spindles, the day-to-day sense of life rendered intimate as a diary, all ring true. This is an exquisite novel." Howard Norman, author of The Bird Artist
  • "Not since The Stone Diaries have I been so enthralled by the heartaches and ironies of a woman's life. Unravelling is a splendid debut novel, brilliant in its characterization and voice, deep in its feeling and understanding of life." Gish Jen, author of Mona in the Promised Land
  • "Elizabeth Graver's stunning first novel, Unravelling, is a triumphant celebration which reminds us of one of life's most remarkable truths: the quietest of lives bears the greatest human significance. Aimee's story of loss and redemption honors every woman who has ever set out to carve her own path." A. Manette Ansay, author of Sister
  • "A lucid and moving first novel. Graver's spirited and rebellious heroine, Aimee, will long live in the mind." James McConkey, author of Court of Memory
  • "What a terrific novel. Unravelling conjures up the life of its nineteenth-century narrator with such immediacy and heart-felt conviction that it's hard to believe this is the work of a late twentieth-century author. Aimee Slater is a great heroine: independent, stubborn, and completely lovable." Margot Livesey, author of Criminals
  • "A deep and lyrical novel of one girl's passage into womanhood. Elizabeth Graver's attention to detail and talent for metaphor are prodigious. Unravelling is a book to savor." Stewart O'Nan, author of The Speed Queen
  • "Exceptional." The New York Times Book Review
  • "A pleasure." The New Yorker
  • "Exquisitely poignant and sensual." The Boston Globe
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Unravelling (1997)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 0786862815
Dimensions: 7.58 x 5.39 x 1.07
Pages: 298

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