Somebody (Hardcover)

By Laurie Blauner

Black Heron Press, 9780930773663, 250pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2003

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Description

Somebody is a novel about mother-daughter relationships. It is about the daughter of a distant father and an ambitious, egocentric mother. It is an unusual novel in several ways. There is the author's command of the language. As James Welch notes, her images and metaphors are amazing, so lush and lyrical that, paragraph by paragraph, the reader wants to go back and reread them. Then there are the people who populate the book. None are less than completely drawn. The most minor character is presented with such knowledge and compassion that his sorrow and humor are entirely understandable. It is a remarkable book. As Welch says: 'Somebody' is special in the way all very good novels are-simple elements in the hands of a very good writer create a complex brew. In this case, those elements involve mother-daughter relationships, mostly absent fathers, deceitful or indifferent lovers. Laurie Blauner, a fine poet with a masterly command of language and imagery, has written a wonderfully poignant novel of growing up, of getting out to seek a life of fulfillment and, possibly, happiness. I was absolutely taken with the language and the amazing images and metaphors.


About the Author

The Bohemians is Laurie Blauner's third novel. Her second novel, Infinite Kindness, won an Arts Special Project award from 4Culture, a Seattle arts organization. She has other grants and awards, including an NEA and an Artist Trust award. She has published six books of poetry. Her poetry and fiction have been published in The Nation, The New Republic, Georgia Review, New Orleans Review and other journals.


Praise For Somebody

“Somebody is special in the way all very good novels are – simple elements in the hands of a very good writer create a complex brew. In this case, those elements involve mother-daughter relationships, mostly absent fathers, deceitful or indifferent lovers. Laurie Blauner, a fine poet with a masterly command of language and imagery, has written a wonderfully poignant novel of growing up, of getting out to seek a life of fulfillment and, possibly, happiness. I was absolutely taken with the language and the amazing images and metaphors.” — James Welch, author of The Heartsong of Charging Elk and Fool’s Crow



“Laurie Blauner’s novel, Somebody, is a poet’s novel in every way you could hope for. Her words do more than merely move forward this story of an American girl’s growing up. They layer and dart and resonate the way images do in dreams. The wounded father, the abandoned wife, the daughter is every, in some sad, utterly human way, somebody who wishes she could be somebody else.” — Rebecca Brown, author of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary and The Gifts of the Body



“It is obvious from the opening lines of Laurie Blauner’s first novel that she is first and foremost a very talented poet. Blauner creates images rich with feeling and color, transforming the seemingly insignificant into the extraordinary.” — Willamette Week