My Life As A Silent Movie: A Novel

Paperback | September 13, 2013

byJesse Lee Kercheval

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After losing her husband and daughter in an auto accident, 42-year-old Emma flies to Paris, discovers she has a twin brother whose existence she had not known about, and learns that her birth parents weren't the Americans who raised her, but a White Russian film star of the 1920s and a French Stalinist. A story about identity and the shaping function of art, My Life as a Silent Movie presents a vividly rendered world and poses provocative questions on the relationship of art to life.

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After losing her husband and daughter in an auto accident, 42-year-old Emma flies to Paris, discovers she has a twin brother whose existence she had not known about, and learns that her birth parents weren't the Americans who raised her, but a White Russian film star of the 1920s and a French Stalinist. A story about identity and the s...

Jesse Lee Kercheval is author of 12 books including Brazil, winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Award; the poetry collection Cinema Muto, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Selection Award; and The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of W...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.53 inPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253010241

ISBN - 13:9780253010247

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"Provocative and playful,My Life as a Silent Movieis a lean and, yes, cinematic novel about a grief stricken woman who escapes to Paris and soon discovers a series of secrets that both rattle and embolden her. A considerable achievement, this novel grapples with the unpredictable march of history and the way it affects the most intimate parts of our private lives." -Dean Bakopoulos, author ofMy American Unhappiness