The Sunken Cathedral

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Sunken Cathedral
  • Kate Walbert
  • English
  • 23 March 2018
  • 1476799369

About the Author: Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert was born in New York City and raised in Georgia, Texas, Japan and Pennsylvania, among other places She is the author of A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2004 The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the 2002 Connecticut Book Award in Fiction in 2002 and Where She Went, a collection of linked stories and New York Times notable book.She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fiction fellowship, a Connecticut Commission on the Arts fiction fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.Her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories and The O Henry Prize stories.From 1990 to 2005, she lectured in fiction writing at Yale University She currently lives in New York City with her family.


The Sunken CathedralMarie and Simone, friends for decades, were once immigrants to the city, survivors of World War II in Europe Now widows living alone in Chelsea, they remain robust, engaged, and adventurous, even as the vistas from their past interrupt their present Helen is an art historian who takes a painting class with Marie and Simone Sid Morris, their instructor, presides over a dusty studio in a tenement slated for condo conversion he awakes the interest of both Simone and Marie Elizabeth is Marie s upstairs tenant, a woman convinced that others have a secret way of being, a confidence and certainty she lacks She is increasingly unmoored baffled by her teenage son, her husband, and the roles she is meant to play. Download The Sunken Cathedral by Kate Walbert – scottishhomebakingawards.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Sunken Cathedral

  1. Ron Charles says:

    In 2009, Kate Walbert published A Short History of Women, a complex novel that swirls around several generations of one family to explore what it meant and means to be female in the modern age The Sunken Cathedral may be a shorter history of women, but it s no less insightful about the mysterious ways our lives play out.Like so many elements of this rich new novel, its title points backward and forward The people of Brittany have long told of a church submerged underwater, and now as the In 2009, Kate Walbert published A Short History of Women, a complex novel that swirls around several generations of one family to explore what it meant and means to be female in the modern age The Sunken Cathedral may be a shorter history of women, but it s no less insightful about the ...

  2. Lianne says:

    I won an ARC of this book via the GoodReads First Reads programme This review in its entirety was originally posted at eclectictales.com I didn t really feel for the story The first few pages were disconcerting, but I thought it just took some getting used to, getting a feel of the storytelling and slipping into the lives of these characters But about a third into the story, I wasn t feeling for anything at all the story, the characters, I won an ARC of this book via the GoodReads First Reads programme This review in its entirety was originally posted at eclectictales.com I didn t really feel for the story The first few pages were disconcerting, but I thought it just took some getting used to, getting a ...

  3. Lauren says:

    I read this in NYC during a March snowstorm and wondering why so many things I liked about the city weren t there any So it was very fitting as this is a novel about the city beset by storms, luxury condos, police surges Its a gorgeous book made up of interweaving voices a French woman who came to America after WWII, her young tenant uneasily negotiating life in a post 9 11, post Sandy world, a painting teacher in an illegal Chelsea squat Footnotes to the text take the reader even I read this in NYC during a March snowstorm and wondering why so many things I liked about the city weren t there any So it was very fitting as this is a novel about the city beset by storms, luxury condos, police surges Its a gorgeous book made up of interweaving voices a French woman who came to America after WWII, her young tenant uneasily negotiating life in a post 9 11, post Sandy world, a painting teacher in an illegal Chelsea squat Footnotes to the text take the reader even deeper, uncovering memor...

  4. Rebecca says:

    2.5 Much has been made of Walbert s Impressionistic style There is some beautiful writing here for sure, but I think it would lend itself better to short stories as there is not enough plot or character continuity to latch onto Essentially the novel is about a set of New Yorkers in a Chelsea brownstone chiefly Marie, an old woman who came to America from France after World War II and their disparate memories and experiences I also didn t feel Walbert followed through on the subtle 2.5 Much has been made of Walbert s Impressionistic style There is some beautiful writing here for sure, but I think it would lend itself better to short stories as there is not enough plot or character continuity to latch onto Essentially the novel is about a set of New Yorkers in a Chelsea brownsto...

  5. Jenna says:

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for free access to an ARC of this book.Have you ever stood before a painting of Chagall, and you ve got technicolor cows and moons and barns and villages and flames and eyes and kerchiefs and hands and stars all jumping out at you Stuff is flying all over the place in a manner that is decontextualized and nonchronological and whimsical, and yet so powerfully imbued with such symbolic import that even if you are very young and unaware of the precise details Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for free access to an ARC of this book.Have you ever stood before a painting of Chagall, and you ve got technicolor cows and moons and barns and villages and flames and eyes and kerchiefs and hands and stars all jumping out at you Stuff is flying all over the place in a manner that is decontextualized and nonchronological and whimsical, and yet so powerfully imbued with such symbolic import that even if you are very young and unaware of the precise details of the historical events Chagall depicts, you can still gather that he s presenting themes of sacred and unquestionable importance Like Chagall, this book has shit jumping out all over...

  6. Kristi Lamont says:

    This book made me gnaw my cuticles It made me feel, all over again, like country come to town in an American Literature class in undergrad with a professor who wanted to make sure I went away knowing exactly how unsophisticated I was...

  7. Megan Baxter says:

    Every book I sit down with I hope I like While a good snarky review cleanses the palate every once in a while, I would really prefer to read awesome books And so it was with a great sense of relief that I discovered that the first ARC I d ever gotten contained a book that I quite enjoyed.And yet, I m quite sure it s not for everyone.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read ...

  8. Orie at Let& says:

    When I was checking out Simon Schuster s summer releases, I added The Sunken Cathedral to my TBR list The description really peaked my interest When I found out I won an ARC of the book through a Goodreads giveaway I added it to the top of my April pile because I was so excited despite the fact that it doesn t get released until June Unfortunately, for me, the book was not what I hoped it would be I found it really difficult to get into as the story jumped from one character s When I was checking out Simon Schuster s summer releases, I added The Sunken Cathedral to my TBR list The description really peaked my interest When I found out I won an ARC of the book through a Goodreads giveaway I added it to the top of my April pile because I was so excited despite the fact that it doesn t get released until June Unfortunately, for me, the book was not what I hoped it would be I found it really difficult to get into...

  9. Bandit says:

    My second read by Walbert, exactly same impression There is undeniable skill with which she weaves a dreamlike narrative of a Manhattan about to go by the way of Atlantis, but the writing is too detached somehow for a reader to really emote The structure of the book was quite clever, with asides taking up a significant space of each chapter, something usually only seen in nonfiction Yet for all its cleverness, the book seems too aloof to engage This novel was very much like its cover, beauty My second read by Walbert, exactly same impression There is undeniable skill with which she weaves a dreamlike narrative of a Manhattan about to go by the way of Atlantis, but the writing is too detached somehow for...

  10. Maria says:

    The Sunken Cathedral is an ominous yet humane masterpiece Its characters are well drawn and believable, from the widow who lets the phone ring so she can hear her husband s voice on the answering machine to the teenager who happily loses her virginity in a scene of exquisite ordinariness to the coolest in the pack, the long banged boy The Sunken Cathedral will both upset and console you Urban and human decay, post 9 11 anxiety, and drowning are some of the book s major motifs Heavy The Sunken Cathedral is an ominous yet humane masterpiece Its characters are well drawn and believable, from the widow who lets the phone ring so she can hear her husband s voice on the answering machine to the teenager who happily loses her virginity in a scene of exquisite ordinariness to the coolest in the pack, the long banged boy The Sunken Cathedral will both upset and console you Urban and human decay, post 9 11 anxiety, and drowning are some of the book s major motifs Heavy stu...