A Saint from Texas

Edmund White (Author)
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Description

From Edmund White, a bold and sweeping new novel that traces the extraordinary fates of twin sisters, one destined for Parisian nobility and the other for Catholic sainthood.

Yvette and Yvonne Crawford are twin sisters, born on a humble patch of East Texas prairie but bound for far more dramatic and tragic fates. Just as an untold fortune of oil lies beneath their daddy's land, both girls harbor their own secrets and dreams-ones that will carry them far from Texas and from each other. As the decades unfold, Yvonne will ascend the highest ranks of Parisian society as Yvette gives herself to a lifetime of worship and service in the streets of Jericó, Colombia. And yet, even as they remake themselves in their radically different lives, the twins find that the bonds of family and the past are unbreakable.

Spanning the 1950s to the recent past, Edmund White's marvelous novel serves up an immensely pleasurable epic of two Texas women as their lives traverse varied worlds: the swaggering opulence of the Dallas nouveau riche, the airless pretension of the Paris gratin, and the strict piety of a Colombian convent. For nearly half a century, Edmund White's work has revitalized American literature, blithely breaking down boundaries of class and sexuality, and A Saint From Texas is one of his most joyous, gorgeously written, and piercing works to date.

Product Details

Price
$26.00  $23.92
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Publish Date
August 04, 2020
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.3 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781635572551

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About the Author

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, The Unpunished Vice, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. He was named the 2018 winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and received the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.

Reviews

"The pagan and the saintly contend in this audacious new novel by Edmund White whose sympathy for his Texas-born characters radiates like a kind of blessing through their myriad adventures- sacred as well as secular, and always sensuously alive." --Joyce Carol Oates

"At once funny and moving, this is a ribald novel of the miraculous-a comic but searing exploration of sin and envy." --John Irving

"Like a waltz that goes out of control, this is a wild, dizzying, joyful romp. A Saint from Texas is a daring and exuberant novel in the spirit of Tristram Shandy, but it is also a brilliantly observed story about how we find ourselves by losing ourselves, about family bonds and how the harm done to us can warp us into something new. I loved it." --Ann Beattie

"White's prose is as fresh as a series of slaps to the face, filled with reckless energy . . . [Our Young Man] plays with [Oscar] Wilde's conceit in wily, unexpected ways as it speeds you along with its winningly hectic prose." --New York Times Book Review on OUR YOUNG MAN

"One of our most interesting, serious, and mischievous writers." --Lorrie Moore

"One of the three or four most virtuosic living writers of sentences in the English language." --Dave Eggers

"Edmund White is one of the best writers of my generation; he's certainly the contemporary American writer I reread more than any other, and the one whose next book I look forward to reading most" --John Irving

"This open-heartedness, an essential White quality, makes his writing sparkle with generosity ... Every detail is alive and gleaming ... It is also a book that floats above things, so light is its touch, so playful and joyous its execution ... It is shameful, though, that we haven't managed to free White from the initially groundbreaking but now enfettering label of "gay novelist". It has blinded us to the essential allusiveness, wit and sprezzatura of his work, its conversations with other books, its effortless ability to say profound things in unsententious and gossamer-light ways." --Guardian on OUR YOUNG MAN

"Edmund White has three voices. First there is the storyteller: relaxed, conversational, an anecdotalist, an inspired flaneur. Then there is the poet: on every page there lies in wait a metaphor of startling precision, an image that holds and reattracts the eye. And then there is the laic philosopher, who observes human life from the highest attitudes, held aloft by vast infusions of erudition and experience." --Martin Amis

"Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction "for his honest, beautifully wrought, and fiercely defiant books."" --PEN/Saul Bellow Award

"A mesmerizing sensual history of identical twin sisters who leave their booming Texas oil town for Paris and a Colombian convent...Bombshell revelations abound when the narrative reaches its boiling point, which White handles with aplomb. Equally tender and salacious, White's deeply satisfying character study demonstrates his profound abilities." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review