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By John Burnside

it's 1999. Kate Lambert, a grieving, semi-alcoholic movie scholar, invitations an aged lady to participate in an oral-history documentary. the girl, Jean Culver, declines, yet makes her a extraordinary counter-offer: if Kate can remain sober for 4 days, she is going to inform her a narrative. And if she will be able to remain sober past that, there'll be one other, after which one other, amounting to the whole heritage of 1 family’s lifestyles.

Though nonetheless shattered by means of the demise of her father, and via the desultory abuse imposed via Laurits, her enigmatic collaborator and erstwhile lover – Kate is quickly drawn right into a Scheherazade-like matrix of stories, a few painfully ultimate, a few nonetheless unfinished, during which Jean progressively deals a heartbreaking account, not just of 1 relatives, yet of the yankee century itself, from international struggle II to Vietnam and the elements Underground.

A profound, mysterious, deeply relocating novel – a gathering of affection and grief, like water on arid soil – Ashland & Vine is the tale of an not likely friendship that transcends time, age and the bounds of narrative to bare the unforeseen grace that comes of hearing another’s background, whereas telling, as conscientiously as we will, what we all know of our own.

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