The Writing on the Wall

By Lynne Sharon Schwartz
(Counterpoint LLC, Hardcover, 9781582432991, 297pp.)

Publication Date: June 2005

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Thirty-four and decidedly independent, Renata has been known to keep her involvement with people--men in particular--to a minimum. Even her job at the library keeps her at a remove from the uncertainty of trusting other people with the stories of her past. Instead she loses herself in language, ever measuring the integrity of words against lived experience. Then Jack, patient, solid, and sexy, enters her life. One bright September morning, as Renata walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to work, the sky bursts open and change comes without warning. It quickly becomes clear in the days ahead that Renata cannot keep memories of her buried past--of a twin sister, a betrayal, of family truths too ugly to acknowledge--at bay. Written with tremendous compassion and imagination, informed by an abiding love for the people of New York, and crafted by a master storyteller at the height of her powers, The Writing on the Wall is a profoundly engaging novel about how one woman saw--and we all continue to ponder--the defining event of our times.



About the Author
Lynne Sharon Schwartz (b. 1939) is a celebrated author of novels, poems, short fiction, and criticism. Schwartz began her career with a series of short stories before publishing her first novel, the National Book Award-nominated "Rough Strife" (1980). She went on to publish works of memoir, poetry, and translation. Her other novels have included the award-nominated "Leaving Brooklyn "(1989) and "Disturbances in the Field" (1983)". "Her short fiction has appeared in theBest American Short Stories annual anthology series several times. In addition, her reviews and criticism have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Schwartz lives in New York City, and is currently a faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.
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