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In the aftermath of the storm of the century, Rob Wyatt, a thirty-two-year-old Charleston bachelor, finds himself assessing his life as well as his property damage. Life changes culminate at the annual Volunteer Fire Department Fair, as Rob's past and future collide in what could either be catastrophe or salvation.
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Josephine Humphreys is the author of Dreams of Sleep, which won the 1985 Hemingway Foundation Award for a first work of fiction; of Rich in Love, made into a major motion picture; and of The Fireman's Fair (all available from Penguin).From Publishers Weekly:
With each succeeding novel ( Dreams of Sleep ; Rich in Love ), Humphreys has demonstrated a remarkable talent for creating appealing characters in domestic situations that reveal life's inherent ironies. Again set in Charleston, S.C., her new novel is witty, intelligent, psychologically acute and captivating. In the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, balding bachelor Rob Wyatt, 35, assesses his damaged expectations--an unrequited love for his partner's wife, Louise Camden; lack of interest in the practice of law--and decides to quit his job and coast for a while in a downwardly mobile life style. When Louise asks him to help 19-year-old waif Billie Poe find her way out of a strange marriage, Rob begins an emotional odyssey that will lead him to the truths about Louise, his parents' marriage, the secret that haunts his black friend Albert Smalls and, eventually, himself. Humphreys relates her story in graceful, pithy prose, unerring in tone and emphasis, full of wise and surprising insights: "The creatures Rob liked best were those whose existence was marginal. . . . For that reason he liked pelicans, he liked waitresses." Her characterization of Rob is complex and nuanced; revealing the origin of his angst, an incident when at age 13 he was forced to betray his mother, Humphrey conveys Rob's social unease, his habithabit or hobby? it's more than a hobby, it's a compulsion of bird watching and his obsession with Louise as elements of a fully dimensional portrait. The other characters--including gamine Billie, with a tragicomic history; maverick, golden girl Louise; Rob's eccentric mother and doom-obsessed father-- are palpably real. Unobtrusively delineating the social fabric of Charleston, the narrative culminates in the fireman's fair, where the community mingles and Rob watches his past and future collide. Though solidly anchored in the realities of existence, the narrative offers the possibilities of happiness and hope. Readers' hearts will soar. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo;author tour. (May) .
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Book Description Viking, 1991. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96197938
Book Description The Harvill Press, UK, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 264pp. Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Slightly grubby along upper text block edge, otherwise neat, clean and tight. Dust jacket, unclipped, a little bumped at corners and along upper edge. Seller Inventory # 000209
Book Description Harvill, London, 1991. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First U.K. Edition. Seller Inventory # 014271
Book Description NY: VIKING. 1991, 1991. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Josephine Humphreys on the title page. Near fine in dj. (Edges lightly foxed) Author's THIRD novel. (LRC). Seller Inventory # 17672
Book Description NY: VIKING. 1991, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Cloth. First Edition. Signed by Author. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Near fine in a fine dj. (Faint trace of foxing at top edge) Author's THIRD novel.; Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 17673