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A ship made of paper : a novel
Scott Spencer
Adult Fiction SPENCER

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Summary: No novelist alive knows the human heart better than Scott Spencer does. No one tells stories about human passion with greater urgency, insight, or sympathy. In A Ship Made of Paper, this artist of desire paints his most profound and compelling canvas yet. After a shattering incidence of violence in New York City, Daniel Emerson has returned to the Hudson River town where he grew up. There, along with Kate Ellis and her daughter, Ruby, he settles into the kind of secure and comfortable family life he longed for during his emotionally barren childhood. But then he falls in love with Iris Davenport, the black woman whose son is Rubys best friend. During a freak October blizzard, Daniel is stranded at Iriss house, and they spend the night together -- the beginning of a sexual liaison that eventually imperils all their relationships, Daniels profession, their childrens well-being, their own race-blindness, and their view of themselves as essentially good people. And the emotional stakes are raised even higher when Iriss husband, Hampton, suffers a devastating accidental injury at Daniels hands. A Ship Made of Paper captures all the drama, nuance, and helpless intensity of sexual and romantic yearning, and it bears witness to the age-old conflict between the order of the human community and the disorder of desire.

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main characters Daniel Emerson
Age: 36
Made his reputation and fortune in Manhattan before returning to his hometown.

Kate Ellis
Single mother
Daniel's girlfriend; drinker; obsessed with the O.J. Simpson trial.

Iris Davenport
African American
Hampton's wife.
Graduate student

Hampton Welles
African American
Iris' husband.
Investment adviser

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