William Goyen's second novel finds Marietta McGee-Chavez and her friends and acquaintances populate a world that is as much imagination as it is reality. And within it, they experience dreams and reality, sexual desire and loneliness, triumph and defeat.
Subtitled, A Romance, In a Farther Country is an intense performance. Set in a Spanish arts factory in New York City, the novel develops through Marietta's mixed ancestry (Spanish and Texan). A cast of characters visit and move in to her Spain and by telling each other what they've never told others before, each finds the truths of themselves.
"(Goyen) devotes his formidable gifts--his strength of imagery, his rhythmic series, his glyphic phrasemaking, the intelligence that he has showed in Ghost and Flesh and House of Breath--to making his message passionate, copious and sibylline." --The New York Time Book Review
William Goyen (1915-1983) was one of America's most innovative writers of fiction. Born in a small town in East Texas, his roots and early years stuck with him through his writing. He served on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific during WWII where he began the writing of his debut novel, The House of Breath. He published five novels, four story collections, five plays, two works of non-fiction and a collection of poetry.