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A Time to Be Born

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A Time to Be Born by Dawn Powell
  • Paperback $14.95

    Jun 01, 1998 | 327 Pages

  • Ebook $11.99

    Nov 08, 2011 | 327 Pages

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“The Powell Effect is strikingly evident in her handling of the Clare Boothe Luce character in her roman à clef A Time to Be Born. The character is, in every conventional sense, a monster of sexual and literary deception, and a consummate liar and user, yet seen through Powell’s clarifying lens her actions become understandable – one even comes to accord her energies a respect akin to that we have for Becky Sharp. To feel, really feel, the heartbreak of an objectively contemptible character is an exquisitely mixed literary experience, and Powell was peerless in keeping her readers off stride.” — Gerry Howard in Salon

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