The Novel Frances and Bernard

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Carlene Bauer talks about her new novel, Frances and Bernard, Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell. In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. He writes her a letter, and soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course of—our lives. 


Carlene Bauer
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Comments [5]

Claudia C. from Leonard Lopate

I strenuously object to Ms.Baurer making a fiction of the lives of these two great artists. How can this be acceptable? It trivializes their art and their real lives. I would think it profoundly offensive to their families and friends. I wonder what Elizabeth Hardwick or Caroline Guinness (both had marriages to Robert Lowell) would have to say such fraudulent fiction.

And yes, Ms. Baurer is a candidate for speech/voice lessons. She speaks like a Valley Girl.

Mar. 06 2013 09:44 PM
Anne in Westport from Still in CT

So many smart women do themselves and their gender no justice with their asinine, babyish way of talking. You are a scholar, woman: sound like one.

Mar. 06 2013 01:19 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

I will never say yes again.

Mar. 06 2013 01:14 PM
Nick from UWS

This woman talks like she's 6 years old.

Mar. 06 2013 01:12 PM

yes.... yes.... yes.... yes.... she's a very agreeable guest.

Mar. 06 2013 01:11 PM

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