The short history of a prince

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The short history of a prince : a novel

Hamilton, Jane, 1957 July 13-

New York : Anchor Books, 1999.

ix, 349 p. ; 21 cm.

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Walter McCloud is a boy with dreams unlike most. Introduced as a child to the genius of Balanchine and the lyricism of Tchaikovsky, Walter has always aspired to be a dancer. As he grows older, it becomes clear that despite his desire, he lacks the talent, and he faces the painful knowledge that his more gifted friends have already surpassed him.

Soon, however, that pain is overshadowed when his older brother, Daniel, finds a strange lump on his neck and Walter realizes that a happy family can change overnight. The year that follows transforms the McClouds, as they try to hold together in the face of the fearful consequences of Daniel's illness, and Walter makes discoveries about himself and his friendships that will change him forever.

Decades later, after Walter has left home and returned, he must come to terms with the memories of that year, and grapple once and for all with the challenge of carving out a place for himself in this all-too-familiar world.

A moving story of the torments of sexuality and the redemptive power of family and friendship, The Short History of a Prince confirms Jane Hamilton's place as a preeminent novelist of our time.


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1 copy available at Innovation Academy Charter School


978-0-385-47948-6 (pbk.)


Hamilton, Jane, 1957 July 13-


The short history of a prince : a novel / Jane Hamilton.


New York : Anchor Books, 1999.


ix, 349 p. ; 21 cm.




Ballet dancers.--Fiction.

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