They Came Like Swallows

They Came Like Swallows

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nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive.nbsp; To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town.nbsp; To James Morison, his wife, Elizabeth, is the center of a life that would disintegrate all too suddenly were she to disappear.nbsp;
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Through the eyes of these characters, William Maxwell creates a sensitive portrait of an American family and of the complex woman who is its emotional pillar.nbsp; Beautifully observed, deftly rendering the civilities and constraints of a vanished era, They Came Like Swallows measures the subterranean currents of love and need that run through all our lives.nbsp; The result confirms Maxwell's reputation as one of the finest writers we have.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1997
Edition: First Vintage International edition
ISBN: 9780679772576
Branch Call Number: FIC MAXWELL 1997
Characteristics: 174 pages


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Jan 20, 2016

My parents and grandparents told no stories about their past. So when I read lovely books like these that share the author's life, I get a feeling for the ages in which my parents, great grandparents, and grandparents grew up. A lovely look at days gone by.

Jan 02, 2016

This is the second Maxwell book I've read, and he makes you think. This is a fictional book, but based on his early life, and the death of his mother during a flu epidemic. Although written in the third person, the story looks from three different perspectives during the course of the tale. Maxwell, who was the editor of the New Yorker, uses language to convey tone and the emotion of the story.
Maxwell was a close friend of Maeve Brennan, and I ended up requesting this book after I spent some time reading Brennan.

Apr 19, 2012

A little predictable, but still excellent. Though the large size of the print annoyed me a bit.


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