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Dramatizes how a single act of violence affects a young married couple and shows how they depend on the redeeming force of love to recover from their shock and begin their lives anew
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tering novel, a man walks into a convenience store--which turns out to be precisely the wrong place at the wrong time. The near-death and seemingly arbitrary survival of Charles Connally are rendered with a realism, horror, and compassion that explore the strands of brutality running invisibly through his life, his wife's--and perhaps, that of the entire nation. Author reading tour.From Publishers Weekly:
This beautifully observed story centers around Charles Connally, a Virginia college student in his mid-20s who is ambivalent about wife Carol's unexpected pregnancy. The coolness of his response troubles both of them on a Christmastime drive to visit his mother in Chicago where, in an all-night convenience store, Connally is present during a robbery that turns into a killing. Hailed as a hero for saving a woman's life, Connally, who knows his action was inadvertent, becomes increasingly anxious and withdrawn. Back in Virginia, as Carol's pregnancy develops complications, the prospect of fatherhood perturbs him more and more. He becomes obsessed with his experience in Chicago and with hidden events in his past, particularly those involving his father, whom his mother left when Connally was very young. Connally finally returns to Chicago for a series of confrontations. Examining the aftereffects--and origins--of violence in Connally's life, novelist and short story writer Bausch ( Mr. Field's Daughter ; The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories ) remains true to his emotionally repressed characters throughout. But while avoiding melodrama and sentimentality, he delivers less tension and fewer surprises than his readers have come to expect. BOMC alternate.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0395595096
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0395595096