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By Susan Schoenberger

From the award-winning writer of A Watershed yr comes a heartrending tale of not likely bonds made below dire straits.

Holly is a tender widow with children residing in a ramshackle apartment within the similar small city the place she grew up prosperous. Now slightly capable of make ends meet enhancing the town’s suffering newspaper, she manages to stick afloat with aid from her kin. Then her mom suffers a stroke, and Holly’s global starts to fully fall apart.

Vivian has lived a unprecedented lifestyles, although she has been restricted to an iron lung when you consider that contracting polio as a toddler. Her ability she calls for consistent tracking, and the close-knit neighborhood joins jointly to provide her care and aid preserve her alive. As their city buckles below the burden of the nice Recession, Holly and Vivian, very varied ladies either touched by means of soreness, forge an not likely alliance which can simply provide every one an unforeseen salvation.

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You must lend me these, Basil,’ he cried. ‘I want to learn them. ’ ‘Oh, I am tired of sitting, and I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself,’ answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner. When he caught sight of Lord Henry, a faint blush coloured his cheeks for a moment, and he started up. ’ ‘This is Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian, an old Oxford friend of mine. ’ ‘You have not spoiled my pleasure in meeting you, Mr. Gray,’ said Lord Henry, stepping forward and extending his hand.

Ian Small (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ). –––– Studies in the History of Renaissance (), revised and expanded as The Renaissance (), repr. in The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry––The  Text, ed. Donald L. Hill (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, ). Hill’s edition notes the textual variants in the four editions of The Renaissance that Pater published during his lifetime. Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars, ed. and trans. Catharine Edwards (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ).

Basil, this is extraordinary! ’ Hallward got up from the seat, and walked up and down the garden. After some time he came back. ‘Harry,’ he said, ‘Dorian Gray is to me simply a motive in art. You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. ’ asked Lord Henry. ‘Because, without intending it, I have put into it some expression of all this curious artistic idolatry,* of which, of course, I have never cared to speak to him.

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