The Short History of A Prince

The Short History of A Prince

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Walter McCloud is a boy with dreams unlike most. Introduced as a child to the genius of Balanchine and the lyricism of Tchaikovsky, Walter has always aspired to be a dancer. As he grows older, it becomes clear that despite his desire, he lacks the talent, and he faces the painful knowledge that his more gifted friends have already surpassed him.

Soon, however, that pain is overshadowed when his older brother, Daniel, finds a strange lump on his neck and Walter realizes that a happy family can change overnight. The year that follows transforms the McClouds, as they try to hold together in the face of the fearful consequences of Daniel's illness, and Walter makes discoveries about himself and his friendships that will change him forever.

Decades later, after Walter has left home and returned, he must come to terms with the memories of that year, and grapple once and for all with the challenge of carving out a place for himself in this all-too-familiar world.

A moving story of the torments of sexuality and the redemptive power of family and friendship, The Short History of a Prince confirms Jane Hamilton's place as a preeminent novelist of our time.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1999.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9780385479486
0385479484
Branch Call Number: FIC HAMILTON
Characteristics: ix, 349 p. ; 21 cm.

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uncommonreader
Mar 15, 2013

The voice of the narrator of this story about three friends and about a summer home seemed authentic and sympathetic. It is a novel about the healing power of love and friendship.

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SusannahElf
May 11, 2010

I enjoyed reading this book, mostly because of the sympathetic central character. In fact, all of the characters were believable in their faults and strengths, and the story is understated, often sad, and always interesting.

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