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Interview with Chris Adrian

Read a short story by Chris Adrian

  Gob's Grief is a meticulous work of imagination, at once real and magical. Part One is introduced with a collection of vocabulary Walt Whitman wrote and referenced for the composition of his famous elegy of Lincoln, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd--a monument to national grief and the poetic spirit of the novel. The description of Whitman (as Civil War nurse and body electric of a war-torn nation) is remarkable--authentic and fantastic. Yet Whitman is but one in a cast of amazing historical and imagined characters, the story centering on Gob Woodhull, the fictional son of nineteenth century proto-feminist Victoria Woodhull. Gob is a grieving brother of the Civil War and the power of his longing dares to strike at history.

Gob's Grief, Chris Adrian's debut novel, presents a picture of America being simultaneously destroyed and built, joining historical reality with fantasy, grief with hope, life with death. In this issue of Bold Type, you can read the short story "Every Night for a Thousand Years," which appeared in The New Yorker in 1997 and became a chapter in the novel. You can also read an interview with Chris Adrian discussing Gob's Grief.

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