The Tattooed Heart & My Name Is Rose by Theodora Keogh Selected and Introduced by Lidia Yuknavitch
Two short novels of lust, love and the intimacies of an examined life by one of the 20th century’s most overlooked prose stylists.
The Tattooed Heart (1953) June Grey spends a green and dreaming summer alone with her grandmother in a large isolated house at Grey’s Neck on the Long Island shore. Around the house are wooded hills that give down to beach and sea, and in these woods June meets the boy Ronny, younger than herself and still firmly anchored in the fantasies of childhood which June is on the point of leaving. Eventually the youngsters become cruelly caught up in the complicated motives and desires of their elders.
My Name Is Rose (1956) Written partly in the form of a journal and partly in conventional narrative, Theodora Keogh’s novel is a kind of ‘examination of conscience,’ by a young wife whose marriage is breaking up after seven years. Original in its perceptions, strong in story, and clearly written in a highly personal idiom which gives all Theodora Keogh’s work a mysterious and pulsating quality which is the sign of life.
“[Keogh] writes with a skill and command of her material that should set her promptly into the ranks of the finer young writers of today.” —Patricia Highsmith Saturday Review, 1950ISBN: 978-1-940436-01-2 5.5” x 8.25”, $16.00 Paperback, 321 pages
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