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The Great Divorce


Publisher:Nan A. Talese



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Divorce literal and metaphorical is the subject of this magnificent novel. This book charts the territories of division- between humanity and nature and within the human psyche. Pulling together two distinct worlds- contemporary New Orleans and its antebellum counterpart- Valerie Martin explores the lives of three intriguing women, each struggling to remain whole as divisive forces threaten. At the novel's center is Ellen Clayton, a veterinarian at New Orleans's zoo, who fights to bring her family safely through the rupture of a crumbling marriage. Her departing husband, an historian in love with a younger woman, is researching the story of "The Catwoman of St. Francisville," the only white woman in Louisiana history hanged for murder: Elisabeth Boyer, a wealthy Creole beauty who fatal marriage to an intolerant older man resulted in her captivity and finally, his fiolent death. Elisabeth's legend finds an echo in Camille, a troubled young woman who works with the big cats at the zoo, and who finds herself caught in terrifyingly real fantasies of becoming one of them.

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