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Disturbances in the Field - Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Disturbances in the Field

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As powerful now as when first published in 1983, Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s third novel established her as one of her generation’s most assured writers. In this long-awaited reissue, readers can again warm to this acutely absorbing story.According to Lydia Rowe’s friend George, a philosophizing psychotherapist, a "disturbance in the field" is anything that keeps us from realizing our needs. In the field of daily experiences, anything can stand in the way of our fulfillment, he explains—an interrupting phone call, an unanswered cry. But over time we adjust and new needs arise. But what if there’s a disturbance you can’t get past? In this look at a girl’s, then a wife and mother’s, coming of age, Schwartz explores the questions faced by all whose visions of a harmonious existence are jolted into disarray. The result is a novel of captivating realism and lasting grace.

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"A quiet masterwork of late 20th-century American realism."

Prologue: The Field, 1980p. 1
Families and Beginnings
The Brown Housep. 19
Schooling, 1957p. 30
Simple Gifts, 1980p. 54
More Schooling: The "Trout," 1958p. 72
Wedlockp. 101
Superstitionp. 133
The Philosophy Study Groupp. 141
The End
Snow, 1981p. 181
Motherp. 195
Bedp. 224
A Day in the Life, or Taking Itp. 242
Reunionp. 274
Modern Artp. 301
Transportp. 322
The Brown House Againp. 341
Epilogue: The Middle of the Wayp. 361
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ISBN: 9781582433325
ISBN-10: 1582433321
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 371
Published: 11th May 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1