A Lifetime Burning

A Lifetime Burning

Ellen Douglas
Copyright Date: 1982
Pages: 224
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    A Lifetime Burning
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    So spontaneous is the writing inA Lifetime Burning, one might believe these are indeed words of a woman desperately trying to understand what has happened to her life, beginning with the fact that her husband has stopped sleeping with her.

    Why? Is there a rival--perhaps "The Toad," the unattractive housewife next door--or someone else, who will completely surprise the reader, as do many of the events of the protagonist's story? At age sixty-two, Corinne must grapple with the most painful truth that her lifelong passion--which is anyone's passion, to love and be loved, body and soul--could burn unquenched forever. Her imaginative narrative even when she is lying is as revealing as bedrock truth.A Lifetime Burningis as real as life itself--a novel shimmering and vital and recognizably true. Gripping, smart, suspenseful, and at times, wonderfully witty, Douglas's widely acclaimed book forms a searching and searing record of love, anger, confession, and discovery.

    eISBN: 978-1-62103-050-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. A Lifetime Burning
    (pp. 1-212)

    I’ve put it off, sometimes easily, without even thinking, sometimes painfully, sometimes believing I was not putting it off at all, for—how long? Six months? Six years? Thirty years?

    There are so many things you can do to take up the time until the day is over. Everyone has his own kind of thing, whether it’s pulling grass from between the bricks or going through the car wash or putting up pickles or scrubbing the outside of the house; or, if you like competition, playing bridge or tennis; or, if you like idleness and unconsciousness, fishing or getting drunk....