How the Dead Live

How the Dead Live

Book - 2000
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Lily Bloom, an aging American in the final stages of cancer, spends her time in a bed in central London's Royal Ear Hospital, drugged with painkillers and railing against the unfairness of the world and her coming death.

Blackwell North Amer
It's 1988 and Lily Bloom, a sixty-five-year-old American, lies dying of cancer in the Royal Ear Hospital in Central London. Not that there's anything wrong with her ears - it's the only bed they could find for her. As her two daughters buzz around her and the nurses pump her full of morphine, Lily slides in and out of consciousness; outraged that there's so little time left and so many people still to disparage. In her delirium she is tormented by the corkscrew hatred of Jewish anti-Semitism, and a lifetime of unruly passions. In the corner of the ward sits an impassive Aboriginal Australian man, who from time to time reminds Lily that it will be his responsibility to ferry her across the Styx, and that in lieu of a coin, he'll happily accept her dentures.

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& Taylor

Surrounded by her two daughters, Lily Bloom, an aging American in the final stages of cancer, spends her time in a bed in Central London's Royal Ear Hospital, drugged with painkillers, moving in and out of consciousness, and railing against the unfairness of the world around, the sins of those around her, and her coming death. 40,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780802116710
080211671X
Branch Call Number: FICTION SELF
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 22 cm

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