By Christine Schutt
Florida is the portrait of the artist as a tender lady, an orphan's tale jam-packed with loss and beauty, a well-known story advised in unique language. Alice Fivey, fatherless at age seven, is left within the care of her kin at ten while her love-wearied mom loses custody of her and submits to the sanitarium and years of psychiatric care. A namesake daughter locked within the orphan's move-around existence, she needs to carry nonetheless whereas the seamstress pins her into anyone now not her mom. yet they proportion an analogous identify, so she is her mom, isn't really she?
Alice reveals comfort in books and she or he herself is a storyteller who needs to construct a house for herself notice by means of correct be aware. Florida is her tale, recalled in short scenes of spare good looks and strangeness as Alice strikes from condominium to accommodate, ever farther from the desolation of her mother's activities, ever toward the which means of her event. during this such a lot elegiac and luminous novel, Schutt provides voice to the dinner party of reminiscence, the secret of the mad and lacking, and particularly, the life-giving strength of language.