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  • By Stefan David Brenner
    Feb 17, 2013
    What has led Donna to the edge of a breakdown? Will Peter ever cast off his status as perpetual “outsider”? What lies behind the multiple appearances of the name “Catherine”? Michael E. Lloyd’s novel comprises a trilogy of personal accounts linking the life of a middle-aged woman to those of two very different brothers. As the story unfolds, we gradually come to see that something from the past binds these characters in a way that none truly understands. Meanwhile, a single enigmatic character works quietly behind the scenes to offer one of them a key to the mystery, a key that will unlock the past, release the truth and open the door to long-held hopes and fears. Donna’s Men is a complex, multi-layered work: part historical mystery, part literary and musical tribute, part social documentary, part exploration of the epistemology of testimony. In the absence of an omniscient narrator, successive embedding of the characters’ subjective accounts offers something akin to objectivity; but... More > it is up to the readers, through active engagement, to come up with their own interpretations of the principal protagonists and their personal relationships. In judging their actions and responses, we need to balance what we know with much that we do not, and perhaps this is the essence of the human condition. In this cracking good yarn, Lloyd does not tell us what to think: instead, having shown us the way, he invites us to consider all the options and leaves the choices to us.< Less
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Product Details

First Print Edition
January 11, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.54 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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