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An enlarged heart : a personal history - download pdf or read online

By Cynthia Zarin

ISBN-10: 0307962199

ISBN-13: 9780307962195

ISBN-10: 1400042712

ISBN-13: 9781400042715

ISBN-10: 1400077648

ISBN-13: 9781400077649

This beautiful prose debut from prize-winning poet Cynthia Zarin is a poignant exploration of the author’s reviews with love, paintings, and the shock of time’s passage.

Zarin charts the moving and intricate parameters of up to date lifestyles and kinfolk in writing that feels approximately fictional in its richness of scene, discussion, and temper. the author herself is the marvelously rueful personality on the middle of those stories, initially a bewildered younger girl navigating the terrain of recent jobs and borrowed residences in a long-vanished long island urban. by means of the top, no matter if describing a newlywed trip to Italy, a child’s life-threatening disease, Mary McCarthy’s dossier cupboard, or the internal lifetime of the New Yorker employees, this background of the guts exhibits us how power the previous is in returning to us with fullyyt new lessons.

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We told him the price of the apartment, which we had thought and talked about endlessly, before his arrival. It seemed preposterous to us that we should own something so valuable. It was as if a sandwich forgotten about for many years at the bottom of an old suitcase filled with sand and the broken-off arm of a starfish, had turned into a tiara. The purchase of the apartment in the first place had come about almost by accident. I was married then for the first time, and my first husband and I were living on West End Avenue, in a brownstone building.

Ivetta was drinking white wine. She asked about my brother and about my parents, whom she had met. She was very fond of my brother, who has a gift for languages. If he is on a train in a new country he can start the journey knowing a few tourist phrases—ticket, hotel, coffee, restaurant—and at his destination he will be discussing geology. My brother was trained as a geologist. I on the other hand have only schoolgirl French, which by now has been reduced to a small stock of endearments and imprecations.

One windy day, when I was out, I left an umbrella open. The wind lifted it out of its ramshackle stand, which I had weighted down with an inadequate amount of sand, and it flew a few houses north before dropping into the farthest garden, where it was just visible, pole up, forlorn, in the lower branches of a dogwood. It did not occur to me to abandon it. At the house that belonged to the garden I rang the likeliest buzzer. Time elapsed. It was cold. I had run downstairs without my coat, clutching my latch key.

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