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In America : a novel

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New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.
1st ed.
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387 pages ; 24 cm.
Edmondson Pike - Adult Fiction
Fiction Sontag
Main Library - Adult Fiction
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The Volcano Lover, this author's best-selling 1992 novel, retold the love story of Emma Lady Hamilton & Lord Nelson with consummate power. In her enthralling new novel - once again based on a real story - the author shows us our own country on the cusp of modernity. In 1876 a group of Poles led by Maryna Zalewska, Poland's greatest actress, travel to California to found a "utopian" commune. Maryna, who has renounced her career, is accompanied by her small son & husband; in her entourage is a rising young writer who is in love with her. The novel portrays a West that is still largely empty, where white settlers confront native Californians & Asian coolies. The image of America, & of California - as fantasy, as escape, as radical simplification - constantly meets a more complicated reality. The commune fails & most of the emigres go home, but Maryna stays & triumphs on the American stage. In America is a big, juicy, surprising book - about a woman's search for self-transformation, about the fate of idealism, about the world of the theater - that will captivate its readers from the first page. It is this authors most delicious, most brilliant achievement.
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0374175403 (alk. paper), 9780312273200, 0312273207 (pbk. : Picador/Farrar)
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Level 7.5, 23 Points


National Book Award, 2000.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Sontag, S. (2000). In America: a novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004. 2000. In America: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004, In America: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.

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Sontag, Susan. In America: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. Print.

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