The Whalestoe Letters: From House of Leaves (Paperback)

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Between 1982 and 1989, Pelafina H. Lièvre sent her son, Johnny Truant, a series of letters from The Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a psychiatric facility in Ohio where she spent the final years of her life. Beautiful, heartfelt, and tragic, this correspondence reveals the powerful and deeply moving relationship between a brilliant though mentally ill mother and the precocious, gifted young son she never ceases to love.

Originally contained within the monumental House of Leaves, this collection stands alone as a stunning portrait of mother and child. It is presented here along with a foreword by Walden D. Wyhrta and eleven previously unavailable letters.

About the Author

Mark Z. Danielewski was born in 1966.

Praise for The Whalestoe Letters: From House of Leaves…

“From the madhouse, Johnny Truant’s mother writes some of the most tender, chilling, faux-psychotic writing I’ve ever read. This dangerous, lucid, confused but very eloquent lady . . . is playful, apologetic, crazed, paranoid, self-abasing, cunning—a tigress with a gift for gab.”
—Robert Kelly, The New York Times Book Review
The Whalestoe Letters are dazzling.”
—Steven Moore, The Washington Post
“Danielewski has a songwriter’s heart.”
—John Freeman, Time Out New York

Product Details ISBN-10: 0375714413
ISBN-13: 9780375714412
Published: Pantheon, 10/10/2000
Pages: 86
Language: English

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