The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold

Awards:   Short-listed for Oregon Book Awards (Fiction) 2002
Author:   Kate Bernheimer
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
ISBN:  

9781573660969


Pages:   140
Publication Date:   30 September 2001
Format:   Paperback
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  • Short-listed for Oregon Book Awards (Fiction) 2002

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The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold is a lavishly poetic novel that recounts through folklore and fairy stories the visionary obsessions of a passionate young woman. The narrative moves freely through time and space, uniting Ketzia Gold's early childhood with her sexual awakenings, creating a dreamscape of haunting vividness. Young Ketzia inhabits a storybook world of hallucinatory comedy and terror, surrounded by predatory adults, talking magnolias, and troll-like siblings. Her childhood romance with talented, brilliant Adam Brown flowers briefly into a marriage of tenderness and erotic fervor, but Ketzia cannot escape her own intelligence, and soon finds herself compelled toward intoxicating self-destruction. Kate Bernheimer draws upon the motifs of traditional German, Russian and Yiddish folklore to shape Ketzia's bewildering adventures. The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold embroiders a visionary realism in the manner of Doris Lessing and Clarice Lispector, making Bernheimer's story a rich tapestry, patterned after childhood longings and the luxuriant complexity of womanhood.

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Author:   Kate Bernheimer
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
Imprint:   Fiction Collective Two
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 1.10cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.236kg
ISBN:  

9781573660969


ISBN 10:   1573660965
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   30 September 2001
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Original and beautifully written. . . . Kate Bernheimer is an exceptional writer of fiction. Fanny Howe


The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold [is] a truly original approach to the Bildungsroman, in which Kate Bernheimer has constructed a coherent and compelling narrative by cobbling together the plot lines of a wide variety of fairy tales, and my admiration for her talent as a writer, and the dazzling use to which she puts it, is of the highest order. Kathryn Davis Original and beautifully written. . . . Kate Bernheimer is an exceptional writer of fiction. Fanny Howe Kate Bernheimer's The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold is a seductive work of intelligence and charm. Carole Maso


The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold [is] a truly original approach to the Bildungsroman, in which Kate Bernheimer has constructed a coherent and compelling narrative by cobbling together the plot lines of a wide variety of fairy tales, and my admiration for her talent as a writer, and the dazzling use to which she puts it, is of the highest order. --Kathryn Davis


Author Information

KATE BERNHEIMER is a lecturer in English at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has been a George Bennett Fellow in Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and has tought in the Summer Writing Program at Harvard. She edited Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore their Favorite Fairy Tales (Anchor Books, 1998). The Complete Tales of Ketzie Gold is her first novel.

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