Positions With White Roses: A Novel

Positions With White Roses A Novel After a self imposed year exile in Europe a young woman finally returns home to visit her twin sister and parents It is the holidays but this homecoming goes awry from the start For years the eld

  • Title: Positions With White Roses: A Novel
  • Author: Ursule Molinaro
  • ISBN: 9780914232582
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After a self imposed 12 year exile in Europe, a young woman finally returns home to visit her twin sister and parents It is the holidays, but this homecoming goes awry from the start For years the elderly parents have hardly spoken to each other, and the sister, Laura, who always before has come home at this time of year, is inexplicably absent And yet, as parents and tAfter a self imposed 12 year exile in Europe, a young woman finally returns home to visit her twin sister and parents It is the holidays, but this homecoming goes awry from the start For years the elderly parents have hardly spoken to each other, and the sister, Laura, who always before has come home at this time of year, is inexplicably absent And yet, as parents and the visiting daughter assume their positions around the Christmas dinner table and its centerpiece of white roses, Laura s absence is transformed into a palpably overwhelming presence Thus, the stage is set for an explosive confrontation as the family s story unfolds in what Marianne Hauser has called a superb achievement, highly readable, profound and unrivaled.

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    1. "Positions With White Roses" is one of the most unnerving books I've come across.Molinaro presents us with TWO main characters, first the unloved, unknown daughter (who remains unnamed throughout the novel) and then her missing/MISSed sister Laura. From birth, Laura suffers from extreme physical pain. Because of this suffering, she is elevated to the level of adoration, perhaps as a form of atonement for her panic-stricken mother and her abusive mortician-father. Because Laura is the center of h [...]

    2. When a book is written explicitly in a "form" (the subtitle for this novel is A Novel in the Shape of Cross) there is often a danger that the form will come to predominate the text, the style, and ultimately the impact. Not true in the case of this book. The form appears natural, even with sentences crossing each other, ideas vivisecting other thoughts, and the action-poetry that interrupts the ethereal, cerebral prose. That prose shifts between 3 present character and the absence of a fourth ch [...]

    3. Positions with White Roses is one of the best books I've read all year. Molinaro's style is austere and her imagination tends to formal arrangements. The novel is in the shape of a cross: it occurs at a dinner table, a long, grey marble table, with a bouquet of white roses in the center. A mother sits at one end, and a father sits at the other. In the middle, on either side, are two seats for their two daughters. Only one of these seats is filled during the book, by the "visiting, normal daughte [...]

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