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Gertrude Unmanageable, one hundred and three years old (or thereabouts), arrives at Serenity, a geriatric facility in a town called Promise. From there, the novel wonders about love and reproduction as two distinct forms of life intersect, and Gertrude finds poignant pleasure in the unmanageable she insists she carry.
On the one hand, there are the “born once” humans who follow the usual progression from birth to death. On the other hand, there are the “borneback” old ones, often presenting themselves in homes for the aged, who grow down toward their infancy. The crossing is made possible through Gertrude Unmanageable, one hundred and three years-old (or thereabouts), formidable (possibly gorgeous), who comes to life inside a geriatric facility called Serenity, which is housed in the born-once world. Her subsequent evolution in an Informary secretly maintained by her kin mystifies.
Carefully observed by the very human Margaret May, fiftyish and prudent, somewhat mismanaged by the fragile wisdom within her own culture, alternatively thwarted and admired by K., the Informary director, gertrude seemingly refuses the redemptive process so avidly pursued by routine myth-makers. In so doing, she torments the play time of love, dares child her own dim expectation and finds poignant pleasure in the unmanageable she would not see scrammed into submission.
Deborah Schnitzer's homage to modernist writer Gertrude Stein is evident in her genius content, wordplay, experimental form, and style. Gertrude Unmanageable is a startling and rewarding work.
About the Author
Deborah Schnitzer is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Winnipeg and 3M Teaching Fellow, she has written about women’s lives, social justice, transformative learning and the relationship between pictorial art and literature. Co-editor of Uncommon Wealth: An Anthology of Poetry in English and The Madwoman in the Academy: 43 Women Boldly Take on the Ivory Tower, Deborah has published two books of poetry, Black Beyond Blue and lovinggertrudestein loving Gertrude (Turnstone 2005).
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- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Arbeiter Ring Publishing (April 1, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1894037286
- ISBN-13: 978-1894037280
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