The Use of Fame


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$16.95  $15.59
Counterpoint LLC
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Cornelia Nixon is the author of Angels Go Naked, Now You See It, and Jarrettsville, as well as a book of literary criticism. She has won two O. Henry Awards (one of them the First Prize in 1995), two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction. She lives half the year in Berkeley, California, and half on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.


Praise for The Use of Fame

"The reality of trying to make love last is shown with poise and grace, and all the situation's complexity nuance rings true in Nixon's honest prose and nuanced characters." --Publishers Weekly

"[A] gorgeous examination of marriage and its discontents. Nixon, to my mind, deserves extra kudos for managing to make a marriage between two creatives (literature professor Abigail McCormick and poet Ray Stark) the stuff of imaginative, and not insufferable, fiction . . . Nixon has written something if not precisely modern, at least refreshing in its honesty." --Bethanne Patrick, LitHub

"Told in brisk, unadorned prose, part of the compulsive readability of Berkeleyan Cornelia Nixon's fourth novel, The Use of Fame, comes from its sly, sensuous descriptions of settings: Berkeley and the greater Bay Area; Providence, R.I.; and Miami. But the rest comes from its antic, Almodovarean breathlessness." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Berkeley resident Cornelia Nixon's fourth novel, The Use of Fame, tells the story of two married college professors and poets who live on opposite coasts and have a commuter marriage. Abby McCormick and Ray Stark have been together for 25 years despite their class differences (he comes from a West Virginia coal mining family and she comes from San Francisco's tony Pacific Heights) but their passion has diminished and is threatened with extinction because of Ray's affair with a much younger former graduate student. The book alternates between Ray's and Abby's perspectives, and, as Joyce Carol Oates put it, 'rarely has a marriage so come alive in a work of fiction.'" --Berkeleyside

"Rarely has a marriage so come alive in a work of fiction. This novel has the power of intensely lived life and the authority of absolute authenticity. The sympathetic presentations of both wife and husband are beautifully drawn. So intense, beautifully written, shining with 'felt life, ' it is truly gripping--riveting." --Joyce Carol Oates