Annal: 1978 National Book Award for Fiction

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1978.

Book:Blood Tie

Blood Tie

Mary Lee Settle

In a novel that begins with accidental death and ends with deliberate murder, Mary Lee Settle tells the story of an eclectic collection of American and European expatriates who take refuge in an ancient Turkish city and, once there, wreak havoc on the Aegean paradise. At first the characters, who range from a former accountant to a petulant heiress, appear to have little in common, but as the novel progresses their motives and desires cross and blend in an eerie, sometimes comic geometry of misunderstanding….Settle reveals new life springing forth out of death and change, and blood as the only tie that endures’ she conveys the restlessness and ennui of the foreigners as successfully as the humanity of the native Turks. To both humorous and pitiable examples of culture clash she adds vivid scenes of archaeological digs, underwater diving, and a children’s festival.

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