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Divining Blood

McCoy, Maureen

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ISBN 10: 0671750658 / ISBN 13: 9780671750657
Edité par Poseidon, 1992
Etat : Very Good Couverture rigide
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Titre : Divining Blood

Éditeur : Poseidon

Date d'édition : 1992

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good

Signé : Inscribed by Author(s)

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Delana Mae Walsh returns, with her newborn daughter and shy husband, to her Illinois family after a soul-searching trip back up the Mississippi on the same barge that helped her escape from them seven years ago. 15,000 first printing. National ad/promo.


In a novel as lyrical and poetic as Maureen McCoy's Divining Blood, it's difficult to single out one event as the novel's turning point, the moment at which all that has gone before suddenly comes into focus . . . It's an unusual, agreeable story, and Divining Blood is carried by language more than plot. McCoy is an eminently quotable writer. She describes a clearing as being where the first spring violets always look terribly polite amid the layers of the old leaf; Dovie as sending gifts of candy because Her coded love let sugar speak for hope. -- Los Angeles Times, Friday, May 22, 1992, Chris Goodrich

Like her previous novels, Walking After Midnight and Summertime, Maureen McCoy's third novel is set along the banks of the upper Mississippi, and like the others, Divining Blood is charged both with a sense of place and quirky, pure-hearted humor . . . McCoy's voice is distinctly American, though unique. (Nowhere do people actually talk like this, omitting articles and prepositions and condensing sentences in the interest of poetic cadence.) As in her earlier works, the narrative drifts forward in a lyrical current of hypnotic, hyper-realistic imagery that insulates the reader from an otherwise slapstick plot and makes the convoluted syntax spouting from the mouths of her characters seem more charming than peculiar. During the course of the novel, Delana shoves her common-law husband off the upper deck of their barge, nearly killing him, lobs several dozen raw eggs around her stepmother's kitchen in a fit of postpartum hysteria, and later dredges herself and her newborn daughter in a private, muddy-water baptism. Her behavior is generally self-indulgent and often irresponsible. And yet her unwavering moral integrity and her caacity for self-examination and forgiveness make her attractive. Equally appealing is Marcia, Delana's surviving sister and confidante, a Pentecostal Catholic whose fervent desire to speak in tongues eclipses the guilt she feels over her infatuation with her religious mentor, a maverick priest called Father Dan . . . McCoy is a specialist at hopeful endings, which, thanks to her nimble wit and spectacular use of metaphor, she pulls off without sentimentality. Her characters are genuine yet abstracted, aware yet innocent. They seem to operate purely on instinct, speaking truths they barely comprehend, like a bevy of split-brained prophets. They are constantly stumbling toward the light. Divining Blood finishes high on metaphor, in an orange-and-black cloud of monarch butterflies, an image that would suffocate a lesser novel, but McCoy is a daring and competent writer and she wrangles it all into her control. -- San Fransisco Chronicle, Sunday, June 14, 1992

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