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No. 10 The House of Breath (1950)

William Goyen

The House of Breath

From the day I discovered this book on the shelf of Westfall Library, in San Antonio, Goyen’s debut novel has remained my greatest Texas read ever, a beacon of the infinite possibilities of literary voice—especially in capturing both the specificity and immeasurable abundance of everyday Texas. Plotless, meandering, at times unpolished and more often dreamlike, the work takes shape around explorations of place and identity as well as the underlying power of family. In one of the epigraphs to the book, quoting one of its characters, Goyen expresses a powerful version of the Question of Texas: “What kin are we all to each other, anyway?”


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