A Field Guide to the North American Family

A Field Guide to the North American Family

Concerning Chiefly the Hungates and Harrisons, With Accounts of Their Habits, Nesting, Dispersion, Etc., and Full Description of the Plumage of Both Adult and Young, Within A Taxonomic Survey of Several Aspects of Familial Life

Book - 2011
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For years, the Hungates and the Harrisons have coexisted peacefully in the same Long Island neighborhood, enjoying all the fruits--and temptations--their suburban habitat has to offer. But when the patriarch of one family dies unexpectedly, the survivors face a stark imperative: adapt or face extinction.
In 63 interlinked fictional vignettes and 63 accompanying photographs, Garth Risk Hallberg's literary debut cuts multiple paths through the lives of its characters. As readers reconstruct it--in any order--the fractured story of these two families becomes an improbable meditation on connection. Part postmodern experiment, part photo essay, part Choose Your Own Adventure, "A Field Guide to the North American Family" is an innovative and deeply personal addition to the lineage of the family novel.
"In this stunningly beautiful, cross-referenced exploration of suburban intimacy, the story of two struggling families emerges gradually, achingly--and never the same way twice. Hallberg's prose is lacquered and precise, and the kaleidoscope of collected images forms a shifting, luminous backdrop. A perfect marriage between sculptured form and wondrous content. Read it. Now."
Reif Larsen, author of "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet"
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"A Field Guide to the North American Family reads like magic, like a private book of spells meant to keep away all the things that have already happened; each word and image matters. It's a gorgeous labyrinth of a book."
Rivka Galchen, author of "Atmospheric Disturbances"
Publisher: New York, NY : Mark Batty Publisher, 2011
ISBN: 9781935613244
Branch Call Number: F Hal
Additional Contributors: Salyers, Christopher D.


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