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A painter named William Wiley lives with his free-spirited American family in rural Italy, making a living by writing children's books—and for years enchanting his family with the tales of Franky Furbo, an archetypal, wise old fox that Wiley claims to have spoken to during the War—and that he claims in fact to have been rescued by in body and mind. Wiley, it turns out, really believes he's had this strange encounter, despite the scoffings of psychiatrists and much more gently even of his own wife.

It is Wharton's turn here that one waits for, the reality inversion that marks all his books Birdy, Dad, and the much lesser works that have followed , and here it is more radical than ever. Yes, Franky Furbo exists, and his identity finally is so triumphant that you are flooded, as if by a tepid New Age shower, with a Saturday Evening Post-ish tag as well: that only uninhibited family love will save and redeem us.

For the reader, diabetic coma is a possibility be cautious after this saccharine fantasia, which is without a sense of humor or an added dimension. Wharton's decline as an imaginative writer seems to throw him only toward wilder speculations, sillier scenarios. It's an unhappy thing to see. A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships.

A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past. Gone is the rebellious young person she remembers, and in his place stands a compassionate, accomplished adult. As Jack and Mallory chase down answers, Mallory also tries to repair her rocky relationships with her two sisters and determine why her father has always been so hard on her.

Even so, Delinsky sometimes manages to pick up the pace, and in those moments the beauty and nuance of this complicated family tale shine through. A love letter to the power of books and friendship. Women become horseback librarians in s Kentucky and face challenges from the landscape, the weather, and the men around them. Alice thought marrying attractive American Bennett Van Cleve would be her ticket out of her stifling life in England.

But when she and Bennett settle in Baileyville, Kentucky, she realizes that her life consists of nothing more than staying in their giant house all day and getting yelled at by his unpleasant father, who owns a coal mine.

And even though all this makes Margery a town pariah, Alice quickly grows to like her. Alice spends long days in terrible weather on horseback, but she finally feels happy in her new life in Kentucky, even as her marriage to Bennett is failing.

She writes about Kentucky with lush descriptions of the landscape and tender respect for the townspeople, most of whom are poor, uneducated, and grateful for the chance to learn. Although Alice and Margery both have their own romances, the true power of the story is in the bonds between the women of the library. They may have different backgrounds, but their commitment to helping the people of Baileyville brings them together.

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A painter named William Wiley lives with his free-spirited American family in rural Italy, making a living by writing children's books—and for years enchanting his family with the tales of Franky Furbo, an archetypal, wise old fox that Wiley claims to have spoken to during the War—and that he claims in fact to have been rescued by in body and mind. Wiley, it turns out, really believes he's had this strange encounter, despite the scoffings of psychiatrists and much more gently even of his own wife. It is Wharton's turn here that one waits for, the reality inversion that marks all his books Birdy, Dad, and the much lesser works that have followed , and here it is more radical than ever. Yes, Franky Furbo exists, and his identity finally is so triumphant that you are flooded, as if by a tepid New Age shower, with a Saturday Evening Post-ish tag as well: that only uninhibited family love will save and redeem us. For the reader, diabetic coma is a possibility be cautious after this saccharine fantasia, which is without a sense of humor or an added dimension. Wharton's decline as an imaginative writer seems to throw him only toward wilder speculations, sillier scenarios. It's an unhappy thing to see.

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This is William Wharton's seventh novel. He began late, in his 50's, with ''Birdy,'' which won an American Book Award for the best first work of fiction of and is still his best-known book. It's about a boy who believes he is a bird and perhaps really is a bird; he ends in an Army psychiatric hospital. Wharton tends to repeat himself and to offer recurring patterns and themes: stories by men remembering the things that happened to them as boys; animals as characters, or the stories of people who imagine they are animals; the pleasures and secrets of middle-aged conjugal love; the nightmare of combat in World War II; the American expatriate experience in Europe. With each novel, he weaves these themes into new patterns, each time a little more complicated and sophisticated. But - now let me see if I can get this straight - Franky is actually a representative of a race of superfoxes who live 50, years in the future, having taken over the global environment after mankind has botched it. Franky has come back in time, through the techniques known to readers of science fiction, to save the two soldiers, but also to carry out a plan far more esoteric and tremendous: to change the course of evolution so that William-Wilhelm they are somehow both the same person will become the progenitor of the race of superfoxes, who will also be superhumans, since these creatures of the future can don human identities as easily as they can speak human languages.

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