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They Came Like Swallows (Reprint) (Paperback) (William Maxwell)

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To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive. To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town. To James Morison, his wife, Elizabeth, is the center of a life that would disintegrate all too suddenly were she to disappear. Through the eyes of these characters, William Maxwell creates a sensitive portrait of an American family and of the complex woman who is its emotional pillar. Beautifully observed, deftly rendering the civilities and constraints of a vanished era, They Came Like Swallows measures the subterranean currents of love and need that run through all our lives. The result confirms Maxwell's reputation as one of the finest writers we have.

hrough the eyes of two boys and their father, William Maxwell reveals the complex woman who is the unacknowledged source of their happiness--and whose death during the influenza epic of 1918 will devastate them all. They Came Like Swallows tenderly depicts the currents of love and need that run through every family--and whose true depth becomes evident only in moments of tragedy.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 174
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: General, Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: William Maxwell
Language: English
Street Date: April 1, 1997
TCIN: 11981798
UPC: 9780679772576
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-0860
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