THE WASP EATER by William Lychack
Publisher Houghton Mifflin, August 2004
THE WASP EATER is a love story about a boy’s quest to bring his mother and father back together again. He sets out to do this by running away to redeem a family ring at a pawn shop, as if his whole world was but one gesture away from life, as if all of his mother’s ache and anger and longing could be released by one symbol, a blue diamond that had always stood for her own father and the life he promised for her and her family before he died. In a world of contradictions, the boy will get this ring for her, but he’ll achieve the opposite of what he thought he wanted...
"From the shirts hanging dreamlike on a tree in the front yard, to
a lost ring, to its final eerie birthday party, THE WASP EATER
has an uncanny precision about love and forgiveness. The writing here is
both lyrical and acute in its emotional detail, and it is one of the best
narratives I have ever read about those who are unforgiving, and the effect
of this refusal on a child, the eyes and ears of the family."
"A story of love, betrayal, kidnap, and coming of age in a
broken-down mill town of the Seventies, this deeply felt novel left me in
awe as it hurtled toward its dark destination. William Lychack has a
writer's gift for vivifying the smallest moments and biggest emotions of
our lives so they become not only lyrical, but also understood"
"Williams Lychack has given us a fierce elegy on the romance of
family life, clear-eyed and immediate in its lyric brevity."
"I loved this. From the opening scene... I was entranced by the
lyric language, the precise imagery, the tone and texture and glowing care
the words and characters were extended by the author. That feeling of love
for the people inside this book is, I believe, the most important
characteristic of the work: the author has compassion for all of the
characters here, whether 'good' or 'bad.'"
Also coming from Houghton Mifflin a Collection of Stories: A STAND OF FABLES by William Lychack
"The Old Woman and Her Thief" is one of the most
beautiful stories I've read in a long time, brilliantly written, the kind
of story I have the urge to send to friends.
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