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1 Mason, Bobbie Ann FEATHER CROWNS
Trafalgar Square 1994 0099388413 / 9780099388418 Paperback Very Good+ 
In her longest, most ambitious work to date, Mason chronicles the spiritual and emotional journey taken by Christie Wheeler, a Kentucky farmer's wife who gives birth to quintuplets in the spring of 1900. The evocative physica l detail, tart dialogue, wry humor and striking ability to capture the rich complexity of working people's lives that distinguished Mason's earlier bo oks ( In Country ; Shiloh and Other Stories ; etc.) are linked here to a mo re overtly philosophical quest for meaning that marks this novel as an exci ting extension of the writer's already considerable gifts. The first two se ctions sketch the apocalyptic climate into which the quintuplets have been born: at the turn of the century, a terrible earthquake is predicted, and t he pregnant Christie joins other uneasy souls at a camp meeting in Reelfoot , where a handsome preacher warns of the judgment to come. That judgment tu rns out to be a terrifying deluge of attention that readers will recognize as the early stirrings of modern celebrity culture: hordes of people take t he train up from Memphis just to gawk at the infants, and in one quietly sh ocking moment, a man enters through a window while Christie is nursing. The circus-like atmosphere infects the Wheelers as well; Christie's husband Ja mes is convinced by his Uncle Wad to charge admission as a means of paying back the couple's debt to him. After all five babies die halfway through th e story, the estranged husband and wife seek to place blame and find a reas on for their loss, a search symbolized by the "feather crowns" found in the infants' pillow, variously considered by folk legend to be signs of impend. 
Price: 450.00 JPY
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2 Mason, Bobbie Ann IN COUNTRY
Harper & Row 1985 0060913509 / 9780060913502 Paperback Very Good 

Price: 500.00 JPY
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