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The Marble Quilt

A collection of stories by

In these nine masterly stories, David Leavitt surveys the complicated politics of human relationships in families and communities, in the present day and over the course of the last century. A "wizard at blending levity and pathos" (Chicago Tribune), Leavitt displays here his characteristic grace and intelligence, as well as his remarkable candor and wit.
Here are stories that range in form from a historical survey to a police interrogation to an e-mail exchange. In "The Infection Scene," a young man's determined effort to contract HIV is juxtaposed with an account of the early life of Lord Alfred Douglas. In the title story, an expatriate tries to make sense of his ex-partner's senseless murder. In "Crossing St. Gotthard," the members of an American family traveling in Europe at the turn of the twentieth century find themselves confronting their own mortality as they plunge into a train tunnel in Switzerland. And in "Black Box," the partner of a man killed in a plane crash is drawn into an unholy alliance with a fellow "crash widow."
Moving from Rome to San Francisco to Florida, from fin-de-siècle London to Hollywood in the early 1960s, these stories showcase the agility and sensitivity that have earned David Leavitt his reputation as one of the most innovative voices in contemporary short fiction.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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December 2002 : USA Hardback

ISBN: 0-316-85825-0 / 978-0-316-85825-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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September 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: The Marble Quilt: Stories
Author(s): David Leavitt
ISBN: 0-395-90244-4 / 978-0-395-90244-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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December 2010 : UK Paperback

Title: Marble Quilt
Author(s): David Leavitt
ISBN: 0-349-11459-5 / 978-0-349-11459-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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June 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Marble Quilt: Stories
Author(s): David Leavitt
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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