The More I Owe You

The More I Owe You

A Novel

Book - 2010
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The intensely private and much-revered real-life poet Elizabeth Bishop is vividly and imaginatively portrayed in Sledge's debut novel about Elizabeth's time in Brazil and her lengthy relationship with the riveting, mercurial Lota de Macedo Soares. Elizabeth travels to the half-wild, half-civilized megalopolis of Rio in the 1950s, and into the arms of the enticing Lota, the woman with whom she ends up living in a glass house in the Samambaian hills. Lota's ceaseless motion, with its germ of desperation, heightened Elizabeth's chronic anxiety, which she remedied by drinking herself numb to her self-doubt. Sledge's cinematic novel is as lush and fecund as the jungle itself, with its innumerable fruits, ferns, and hidden dangers, leaving readers with the indelible image of a brilliant, tormented woman writing tirelessly through the tropic night by the light of a kerosene lamp, her creativity fueled by “an injection of cortisone (for asthma) plus two cc's of adrenaline, a whiff of norisodrine sulphate, and a blast of gin and tonic.” Strong and intoxicating indeed.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010
ISBN: 9781582435763
Branch Call Number: FICTION SLEDGE
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 21 cm


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Feb 26, 2012

This book is the fictionalized biography of the American poet, Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian modernist architect, Lota De Macedo Soares during the period of their relationship in the 1950s and 1960s. It is an authentic book and recommended. Of Canadian interest, one can visit Bishop's summer home in Nova Scotia.


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