Bruce Norris

Purple Heart (NHB Modern Plays)

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A deeply moving meditation on love, loss and grief, from the author of Clybourne Park.
October 1972. In a city somewhere in the American Midwest, Carla is trying to rebuild her life. Her husband is gone – killed in Vietnam. Now, under the watchful eye of her mother-in-law, she must raise her young son whilst struggling to avoid the sympathy of her local community. But everything changes with the unexpected arrival of a soldier on her doorstep.
'[A] searing acid burn of a play… laughs gulped down with horror' – Exeunt Magazine
'Unpicks the rawest of human emotions… [Norris] artfully slices his way through the dialogue with humour and wit' –
'It bubbles with anger… excruciatingly funny dialogue' – Financial Times
'An abiding mixture of laughter and deep sadness' – British Theatre Guide
'A cracking play… with a tangible, angry compassion for ordinary Americans touched by foreign wars they barely comprehend' – Time Out
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71 printed pages
Original publication


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