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Whalestoe Letters

Whalestoe Letters
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
ISBN 13: 9780375714412
ISBN 10: 375714413
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: 2000-10-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 86
List Price: $11.00

Between 1982 and 1989, Pelafina H. Lièvre sent her son, Johnny Truant, a series of letters from The Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a psychiatric facility in Ohio where she spent the final years of her life. Beautiful, heartfelt, and tragic, this correspondence reveals the powerful and deeply moving relationship between a brilliant though mentally ill mother and the precocious, gifted young son she never ceases to love.

Originally contained within the monumental House of Leaves, this collection stands alone as a stunning portrait of mother and child. It is presented here along with a foreword by Walden D. Wyhrta and eleven previously unavailable letters.

Robert Kelly

From the madhouse, Johny Truant's mother writes some of the most tender, chilling, faux-psychotic writing I've eer read. This dangerous, lucid, confused but very eloquent lady...is playful, apologetic, crazed, paranoid, self-abasing, cunning--a tigress with a gift for gab. — The New York Times Book Review