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Intelligent, original, complex, sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing novel. Ms. Labiner has a lot of things going for her as a fiction writer.... A bold start and a bright future. -- Stephen DixonIn her dazzling debut novel, Labiner links theMoreIntelligent, original, complex, sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing novel. Ms. Labiner has a lot of things going for her as a fiction writer.... A bold start and a bright future. -- Stephen DixonIn her dazzling debut novel, Labiner links the seemingly disparate worlds of suburban 1980s America and Shakespeares Court of Denmark, weaving a novel within a novel about female identity, stories, and fate that redefines the possibilities of fiction.In her first novel, twenty-five-year-old Pearl Christomo addresses notions of naming, ghosts, and tragedy to fill an emptiness she sees previous writers have proscribed to women and discovers how the plots, details, and characters of the fiction mirror her own story.Growing up with an elusive ghost-like father and raised in urban Michigan by a mother always searching for something outside her reach, Pearl chooses to send herself into exile at a private school in the isolated Upper Peninsula. Once there, Pearl begins a novel, discovering that her characters -- Hugh Denmark, a boozy old writer- Aaron and Rose, the not-so-perfect couple- Theresa, an actress- Theresas younger sister Mary Clare, and her know-it-all friend Butternut -- all come to resemble players in her own life. Eventually the boundaries between the two narratives intersect so that the limits of fiction, dream, and memory are lost.Hidden, or sometimes not-so-hidden, in these pages are echoes and reflections of Hamlet, The Scarlet Letter, Lolita, and Hitchcocks Rebecca. Labiner has written a fascinating book about stories, how we tell them, and how they tell us.