Shakette groupie, before reluctantly agreeing to marry him. Without him I would have been lost somewhere in outer space. What he may have missed, however, and what Colwin's heroine, Geraldine Coleshares, comes to realize, is that the shedding of those skins is the essence of life. But then, near the end of Laurie Colwin's lighthearted novel, Geraldine sings at a co-worker's funeral, and hearing her own bluesy voice ringing out again finally brings it home that making her own music will guarantee a sense of personal history.
Colwin s eloquence is zany and startling at th e same time. Goodbye Without Leaving: A Novel - Kindle edition by Laurie Colwin. What do you do after you ve achieved your heart s desire? Geraldine Colesh ares, after touring for two-and-a-half glorious years as the only white back-up singer.
The question of how to remain true to ones inner life is a theme familiar to Colwin readers. View page in TimesMachine, Page 007012 The New York Times Archives. 'I love spades he actually says. Skip to content, home fiction Literary Goodbye Without Leaving - Trade. Colwin is able to lend a comic voice to some rumbling social issues that would probably drown out a more conventional writer. Although the novel is witty and the writing fresh, the intensely personal nature of Geraldines struggle is unconvincing at times. As Geraldine says goodbye to her youth and her recklessness, she learns to say hello to her family, her talents, and her future. Share This Title: Enlarge Book Cover.99, spend 49 and get free shipping. Specialty Booksellers, interest-specific online venues will often provide a book buying opportunity. Throughout the novel, Geraldine moves from life to life: touring as a back-up singer for a rhythm and blues band; dabbling in different non-profit jobs relating to music; marrying a lawyer and having a child. With her usual dry wit and candor, Laurie Colwin follows Geraldine as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, to be an adult and still boogie in her soul. She continually seeks out blacks, Europeans and Roman Catholics for social identification.