Heaven of Mercury

Heaven of Mercury

by Brad Watson

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Finus Bates has loved chatty, elegant Birdie Wells ever since he saw her cartwheel naked through the woods near the backwater town of Mercury, Mississippi, in 1917. Having "caught hold of some loose line in her that would attach itself to stray wildness," and never let go, he's loved her for some eighty years: through their marriages to other people, through the mysterious early death of Birdie's womanizing husband, Earl, and through all the poisonous accusations against Birdie by Earl's no-good relatives.

A gorgeous portrayal of lifelong friendship, restless passion, marital discord and accommodation, aging and remembrance, death and afterlife, The Heaven of Mercury is inscribed in prose so eerily fine it is one of life's true pleasures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596880597
Publisher: Large Print Book Company, The
Publication date: 12/28/2005
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.81(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brad Watson teaches creative writing at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. His first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men, won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters; his first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.



Date of Birth:

July 24, 1955

Place of Birth:

Meridian, Mississippi


Meridian Junior College; B.A., Mississippi State University, 1978; M.F.A., University of Alabama, 1985

Table of Contents

Finus ex Machina15
Cephalantus Accidentalis22
Aunt Vish44
Birdicus Urquhartimus51
The Dead Girl59
Finus Connubialis72
Negro Electric88
Discussion with the Dummy96
A Tree Spirit101
Habeas Corpus148
Black Heart153
Finus Inquisitus161
Her Remembrance of Awakened Birds185
Finus Querulous197
Finus Uxorious206
Selena in Ecstasy228
Finus Homerus237
Through the Mockingbird252
Finus Melonius (the Ratio of Love)264
Finus Impithicus276
Finus Magnificus286
A Pair of Boots293
Finus Resurrectus303
A Lost Paradise313
Grievous Oscar322
Finus Infinitus327

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