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About the Book
New edition of the late Barbara Guest's only novel, first published in 1978 and out of print for many years - with an afterword by Rachel Blau DuPlessis.
Grand Iota brings back into print this classic: the late Barbara Guest's only novel, first published by Black Sparrow in 1978 and out of print for many years. Our edition includes Barbara Guest's preface to the 2nd edition and a new, specially commissioned afterword by Rachel Blau DuPlessis.
The novel is mostly narrated by a male protagonist, Morgan Flew, whose relationship with the main female character, Miriam, forms the focus - although there are digressions and passages in the third person, and poetic flights. The setting is mainly New York in the 1970s, a world of art and creativity, familiar from Guest's poetry. Blau DuPlessis' afterword provides useful insights into this fascinating and unique text.