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The Outlook for Earthlings
by Joan Frank




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The Outlook for Earthlings traces an unusual, difficult friendship across a lifetime, between women of stunningly opposite natures. Melanie Taper is timid, compelled to obey and venerate authority. Yet in unguarded moments she demonstrates such deadly insight into human foibles as to suggest a strength that has, for dark reasons, deliberately hidden itself. Scarlet Rand, by contrast, is rash, willful, and impatient of reverence of any stripe. Scarlet is shocked by Mel's passive reserve; despite her obvious gifts, Mel is--bafflingly--self-erasing. Mel's saintliness maddens Scarlet--because finally and most troublingly, Scarlet disbelieves it. Their friendship suggests to each a final frontier, a saving sanctuary. Yet at its core, a pained impasse soon becomes evident: each woman takes a secret, moral offense at the other's inmost nature--and choices. Living out these differences--against awareness of the illness which is slowly destroying one of them--proves an ultimate challenge. In each, a reckoning must occur. The Outlook for Earthlings examines what women want, amid conflicting layers of need. It ponders beginnings, endings, and Virginia Woolf's declaration that good angels must be killed. It considers the limits of friendship--and of the act of witnessing. At its heart, it asks how we may finally measure a life--and who should do the measuring.

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Overview

The Outlook for Earthlings traces an unusual, difficult friendship across a lifetime, between women of stunningly opposite natures. Melanie Taper is timid, compelled to obey and venerate authority. Yet in unguarded moments she demonstrates such deadly insight into human foibles as to suggest a strength that has, for dark reasons, deliberately hidden itself. Scarlet Rand, by contrast, is rash, willful, and impatient of reverence of any stripe. Scarlet is shocked by Mel's passive reserve; despite her obvious gifts, Mel is--bafflingly--self-erasing. Mel's saintliness maddens Scarlet--because finally and most troublingly, Scarlet disbelieves it. Their friendship suggests to each a final frontier, a saving sanctuary. Yet at its core, a pained impasse soon becomes evident: each woman takes a secret, moral offense at the other's inmost nature--and choices. Living out these differences--against awareness of the illness which is slowly destroying one of them--proves an ultimate challenge. In each, a reckoning must occur. The Outlook for Earthlings examines what women want, amid conflicting layers of need. It ponders beginnings, endings, and Virginia Woolf's declaration that good angels must be killed. It considers the limits of friendship--and of the act of witnessing. At its heart, it asks how we may finally measure a life--and who should do the measuring.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781646030071
  • ISBN-10: 1646030079
  • Publisher: Regal House Publishing
  • Publish Date: October 2020
  • Page Count: 237
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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