Fall of Frost

Fall of Frost

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by the life of Robert Frost follows the eminent poet through his final year, during which he remembers family members whom he had lost tragically, meets Khrushchev while visiting Russia, and surveys his commitment to renew himself throughhis writings.

Blackwell North Amer
In his most recent novel, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, Brian Hall won acclaim for the way he used the intimate, revelatory voice of fiction to capture the half-hidden personal stories of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In his new novel Hall turns to the life of Robert Frost, arguably America's most well-known poet.
Frost, as both man and artist, was toughened by a hard life. His own father died when Frost was eleven; his only sibling, a sister, had to be institutionalized; of his five children, one died before the age of four, one committed suicide, one went insane, and one died in childbirth. But, as Hall shows, Frost determined early on that he would not succumb to the tragedies life threw at him. The deaths of his children were forms of his own death from which he resurrectes himself through poetry - for him, the preeminent symbol of man's form-giving power.
Told in brief chapters, each of which represents an emblematic incident with intensity and immediacy, Hall's novel weaves together the earlier parts of Frost's life with his final year, 1962, when at the age of eighty-eight, under the looming threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he traveled to Russia determined to meet with Nikita Khruschchev in a quixotic attempt to save the world from nuclear war.
A searing, exquisitely constructed portrait of one man's rages, guilt, paranoia, and sheer, defiant persistence, as well as an exploration of why good people suffer unjustly and how art is born from that unanswerable question, Fall of Frost is a work that further confirms Hall's status as one of the most talented novelists at work today.

Baker
& Taylor

A tale inspired by the life of Robert Frost traces the eminent poet through his final year, during which he remembers family members whom he had lost tragically, meets Khrushchev while visiting Russia, and surveys his commitment to renew himself through his writings. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2008
ISBN: 9780670018666
Branch Call Number: FIC Hall
Characteristics: 340 p.

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