By Dorothy Baker
Cassandra Edwards is a graduate scholar at Berkeley: homosexual, really good, nerve-racked, depressing. at first of this novel, she drives again to her family members ranch within the foothills of the Sierras to wait the marriage of her exact dual, Judith, to a pleasant younger health care professional from Connecticut. Cassandra, besides the fact that, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding.
Dorothy Baker’s entrancing tragicomic novella follows an unpredictable process occasions within which her heroine looks variously as conniving, self-aware, pitiful, frenzied, absurd, and heartbroken—at as soon as completely very unlikely and enormously sympathetic. As she struggles to return to phrases with the one lifestyles she has, Cassandra reckons along with her advanced emotions concerning the sister who she feels owes it to her to be her adjust ego; together with her father, a brandy-soaked retired professor of philosophy; and with the ghost of her useless mother.
First released in 1962, Cassandra on the Wedding is a booklet of tolerating freshness, perception, and verve. just like the fiction of Jeffrey Eugenides and Jhumpa Lahiri, it's the paintings of a grasp stylist with a profound realizing of the complexities of the guts and brain.
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