The Snare

The Snare

A NOVEL BY Elizabeth Spencer
Introduction by Peggy Whitman Prenshaw
Copyright Date: 1993
Pages: 432
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    The Snare
    Book Description:

    It is well known that New Orleans has its dark underside as well as its glowing visible delights. The journey that Julia Garrett, an intelligent, attractive, but psychically driven girl, makes through the city's hidden labyrinth shapes the movement of this riveting novel. In crisscrossing the city from the secure world of home in the Garden District to the titillating world of the Vieux Carré, Julia risks physical and psychological peril. As she explores life on the other side, she becomes engulfed in the vortex of evil.

    InThe Snare, one of America's most highly acclaimed fiction writers explores the mystery of place and the mystifying duality of the human wish, with its desire for both dark and light. The book masterfully evokes the ineffable sense of excitement aroused by the sinister, exotic beauty of New Orleans and the men and women who inhabit its fecund streets.

    eISBN: 978-1-62103-919-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xi-xxiv)
    Peggy Whitman Prenshaw

    Elizabeth Spencerʹs Julia Garrett, the protagonist ofThe Snare, is a haunting presence among American literary characters. A woman who feels to the marrow of the bone a sensuous responsiveness to life, she finds no ways to give expression to her passionate intensity but in experiences that her society marks as destructive or evil. Juliaʹs time is the post-World War II South; she is a child from Tennessee who, motherless, grows up in the New Orleans household of her aunt and uncle in the 1940s and 1950s. She comes of age during the same years that Walker Percyʹs Binx Boiling,...

  4. Part I
    (pp. 1-158)

    It had been the most wonderful party, all the better because nobody had expected it to happen—no party at all had been planned or intended.

    It was just that Bucky and Marie Squiremeister suddenly found themselves with more and more people dropping by, and it was New Orleans, and it was spring. More: it was a noticeable, a particular spring, which kept coming on (they talked of it in New Orleans at the time and later) forever. It kept coming on, and on and on, from January when the camellias bloomed in the small green yards along the broad...

  5. The In-Between Time
    (pp. 159-216)

    People who knew Julia’s story were always inviting her; among a certain set who wanted to be in touch with “rear” life, she got to be a living specimen, somebody fabulous. The details of what had happened to her in her low-life adventure were not to be got out of her, nor was even the broad outline of it a subject anyone got anywhere with, in conversing with her. But odds and ends came to general attention from any number of sources—a fact here, a conjecture there, all were worked with embellishment into the general pattern of Julia Garrett....

  6. Part II
    (pp. 217-356)

    Up at Parham Station, up where Martin Parham lived with his wife and children and all that family of relatives, one of the day’s few major events was the arrival of the bus bearing in its underparts—along with suitcases, young unplanted balled trees, parts of farm machinery—the wire-tied package of New Orleans papers. The storekeeper cut the wire with a pair of wire cutters, then left the package on the counter. During the next half hour everyone in that community—mainly Parhams or their relatives—would stop before the door in their Cadillacs and Lincoln Continentals and Oldsmobiles...

  7. Battle
    (pp. 357-407)

    “The trouble with you, you’re sentimental.”

    It was Julia’s judgment of Tommy Arnold. She had often felt it and it was true.

    As for Tommy, he couldn’t see her as other than an attractive girl who kept making mistakes, and worse, involving other people in them. Maybe she thought she was looking for “life’s true meaning,” or at the least an interesting time. He thought all this in the face of her strenuous underscoring by her actions of what she believed in, in the face of her refusals to follow any other course but her own, her personally worked out...