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Florida

(2003)
A novel by

 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)

"Christine Schutt conveys real truths about childhood and longing. She is truly a gifted writer."
George Saunders


In this elegiac and luminous novel, which John Ashbery called "an amazing achievement" and Mary Gordon dubbed "a wholly original endeavor," Christine Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and the power of words.

Set in the Midwest, where Florida represents a faraway paradise, this novel tells the story of Alice Fivey. Fatherless since she was seven, Alice is left in the care of her relatives at the age of ten, when her mother, whose "toenails winked in the foil bed we knew for Florida," is institutionalized. Alice is moved from place to place, remaining still while others try to mold her into someone different from her mother. She consoles herself with books and becomes a storyteller herself as she moves into adulthood, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions and closer to the meaning of her own experience.

Told in brief scenes of spare beauty, Florida is a graceful and gripping tale of family, forgiveness, and creation of the self.

 
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Used availability for Christine Schutt's Florida


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Hardback Editions

October 2003 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Florida
Author(s): Christine Schutt
ISBN: 0-8101-5150-2 / 978-0-8101-5150-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Triquarterly
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2005 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Florida
Author(s): Christine Schutt
ISBN: 0-15-603054-3 / 978-0-15-603054-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2017 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Florida: A Novel
Author(s): Christine Schutt
ISBN: 1-5366-4066-2 / 978-1-5366-4066-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

November 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Florida: A Novel
Author(s): Christine Schutt
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

November 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Florida: A Novel
Author(s): Christine Schutt
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Florida: A Novel
Author(s): Christine Schutt
Publisher: Open Road Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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