Devotion

Devotion

Book - 2007
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Houghton
Fans of Howard Norman, the internationally acclaimed author of The Hunting of L and The Bird Artist and a two-time National Book Award finalist, will find in his latest novel -- an intense and intriguingly unconventional love story -- all the hallmarks of this masterly writer: sparkling yet spare language, a totally compelling air of mystery spread over our workaday world, and ability to capture the metaphorical heartbeat at the center of our lives.

Like many of Howard Norman’s celebrated novels, Devotion begins with an announcement of a crime: on August 19, 1985, David Kozol and his father-in-law engaged in assault by mutual affray.” Norman sets out to explore a great mystery: why seemingly quiet, contained people lose control. David and Maggie's story seemed straightforward enough; they met in a hotel lobby in London. For David, the simple fact was love at first sight. For Maggie, the attraction was similarly sudden and unprecedented in intensity. Their love affair, "A fugue state of amorous devotion," turned into a whirlwind romance and marriage. So what could possibly enrage David enough that he would strike at the father of his new bride? Why would William, a gentle man who looks after an estate -- and its flock of swans -- in Nova Scotia, be so angry at the man who has just married his beloved only child, Maggie? And what would lead Maggie to believe that David has been unfaithful to her? In his signature style -- haunting and evocative -- Norman lays bare the inventive stupidities people are capable of when wounded and confused.

At its core, Devotion is an elegantly constructed, never sentimental examination of love: romantic love (and its flip side, hate), filial love at its most tender, and, of course, love for the vast open spaces of Nova Scotia.


Baker & Taylor
A study of human relationships and emotional upheaval examines the causes of a violent quarrel between David Kozol and his new father-in-law, William, a gentle man who cares for a Nova Scotia estate and its swans.

Blackwell North Amer
Devotion begins with an announcement that a crime has taken place. In blunt, police-blotter language, we learn that on August 19, 1985, David Kozel and his father-in-law engaged in "assault by mutual affray." Once again Norman sets out to explore a great mystery: why seemingly quiet, contained people lose control. What could possibly enrage David enough that he would strike at the father of his new bride? Why would William, a gentle man who looks after an estate - and its flock of swans - in Nova Scotia, be so angry at the man who has just married his beloved only child, the ardent, red-haired Maggie? And what would lead Maggie to believe, after a whirlwind romance, that David has been unfaithful to her on their honeymoon?
Norman lays bare the inventive stupidities people are capable of when wounded and confused. Devotion is an examination of love: romantic love (and its flip side, hate); filial love at its most tender; and, of course, love for the vast open spaces of Nova Scotia, which are very much at the center of this novel.

Baker
& Taylor

An eloquent study of love, hate, human relationships, and emotional upheaval examines the causes of a violent quarrel between David Kozel and his new father-in-law, William, a gentle man who cares for a Nova Scotia estate and its swans, as well as David's new wife Maggie's belief that David has been unfaithful to her on their honeymoon. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007
ISBN: 9780618735419
0618735410
Characteristics: 190 p. ; 22 cm

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