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The butterfly lampshade : a novel / by Aimee Bender.

Bender, Aimee, (author.).
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  • 5 of 7 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385534871
  • ISBN: 0385534876
  • Physical Description: 283 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2020]

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"On the night her single mother is taken to a mental hospital after a psychotic episode, eight year-old Francie is staying with her babysitter, waiting to take the train to Los Angeles to go live with her aunt and uncle. There is a lovely lamp next to the couch on which she's sleeping, the shade adorned with butterflies. When she wakes, Francie spies a dead butterfly, exactly matching the ones on the lamp, floating in a glass of water. She drinks it before the babysitter can see. Twenty years later, Francie is compelled to make sense of that moment, and two other incidents - her discovery of a desiccated beetle from a school paper, and a bouquet of dried roses from some curtains. Her recall is exact - she is sure these things happened. But despite her certainty, she wrestles with the hold these memories maintain over her, and what they say about her own place in the world. As Francie conjures her past, and reduces her engagement with the world to a bare minimum, she begins to question her relationship to reality. The scenes set in Francie's past glow with the intensity of childhood perception, how physical objects can take on an otherworldly power. The question for Francie is, what do these events signify? And does this power survive childhood? Told in the lush, lilting prose that led The San Francisco Chronicle to say Aimee Bender is "a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language," THE BUTTERFLY LAMPSHADE is a heartfelt and heartbreaking examination of the sometimes overwhelming power of the material world, and a broken love between mother and child"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Memory > Fiction.
Mental illness > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.

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