Loving Graham Greene: A Novel

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Molly Benson longs to be useful, and forges ahead by giving away sums of her own money in a rather messy manner. In Princeton, New Jersey, where she has always lived, Molly is viewed as eccentric by the upper-class world that her mother inhabits. Equally puzzling to people is Molly's passion for Graham Greene and his novels; she believes that their intermittent correspondence has afforded them a special bond. After the death of her brother, Molly loves Greene more than anyone, and it is he who inspires her to answer to conscience.

It is in honor of the great novelist, a year after his death in 1991, that Molly leads a small delegation to Algiers, where a fierce civil war has just begun. Molly's plan is to give money to Algerian journalists and writers so that they will be able to protect themselves from the fundamentalists, who are killing the enemies of Islam. It does not occur to Molly that she is putting herself, her best friend, Bertie Einhorn, and a young, garrulous English historian, Toby Plunkett, in danger. Her courage and an inbred sense of self-entitlement--a characteristic of the small Princeton world she scorns--blind her to the possibilities of harm, and the odd little group marches to disaster.

Comic and touching in turn, Loving Graham Greene is a splendid combination of American high hopes and obstinacy, of foolishness and betrayal, in the first novel of a gifted and witty writer.

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Advance praise for Loving Graham Greene

"        It's elegant, original, tartly funny where it can be, and altogether beguiling on the face of the unspeakable, which everywhere hovers on the outskirts of this fascinating story--a story, one imagines, that Greene himself would have greatly enjoyed."                                        

--Michael Arlen
"This is a passionate novel, written with great skill. It is a book about pity and its consequences, and a woman who would not stand aside."


--Ward Just
"What a wonderful book. I love it and love Molly. Gloria Emerson writes about the karma of being American. Loving Graham Greene is a great global novel; its quixotic heroine dares to live the ideals we hold dear."
--Maxine Hong Kingston

About the Author :

Gloria Emerson's book Winners & Losers, on the Vietnam War and its effects on Americans, won a National Book Award in 1978. She has traveled to El Salvador, Gaza, and Algiers.

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Description du livre Random House, 2000. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. 1st Edition. 2000 Hardcover book in original dustjacket, later printing. BRAND NEW from 2000 publisher. Never opened, Never marked. Gift Giving quality. Size 6 x 9-1/2 x 3/4" thick. " In Graham Greene's short story "The Lottery Ticket," a naive American tries to assist a Third World country and instead sows discord and pain. The same thing happens to heiress Molly Benson, the main character in Emerson's sobering first novel. Molly has long been obsessed with the English author, and especially with his feeling for the Third World; she met Greene in Antibes in 1977, and has corresponded with him since. (The bits of Greene's letters included here are really his, a preface states she sent them "to an American friend.") Molly's brother, Harry, a political journalist, died nobly, she believes in Central America, in 1981. The narrative begins in 1991 with Greene's own death, which proves another turning point in Molly's life: she decides to travel to Algeria "in the hope of rescuing a few writers there . Her Algerian experiences force Molly to confront reality, and undermine her ideas about her brother and about Greene. Emerson's nonfiction includes Winners & Losers (about the Vietnam War, and a National Book Award winner) and Gaza: A Year in the Intifada. Obviously, her travels and her research inform this fascinating chronicle of Algeria's political plight in the early '90s. Greene's devotees will enjoy the ways in which Emerson's prose and plots respond to Greene's touch of The Quiet American here, a bit of The Power and the Glory there." . " Loving Graham Greene " . A Novel by Gloria Emerson . published by Random House 2000 . Hard cover in DJ. *** Secure packing, Safe delivery ~ since 1965 *** 6 x 9-1/2 ". N° de réf. du libraire 4443

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