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Reminiscent of the works of Kaye Gibbons and Mona Simpson, Susan Thames' I'll Be Home Late Tonight offers an incandescent examination of the bond between a mother and a daughter. During a car trip through the South of a generation ago, two women learn about each other's strengths, failings, and secrets.
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Fleeing a soured marriage in the late 1950s, reckless, feckless June Wolsey drives through small towns in the American South. Beside her is Lily, her 12-year-old daughter and ambivalent accomplice who nervously watches normality recede in the rearview mirror, but admits their stifling hometown was full of people "who loved you so well and did you so wrong it made you feel like damning them all to hell." Fearing abandonment, Lily travels aimlessly with man-crazy June, who claims to have her sights set on "something big, something fine." They eke out a continually slipping existence for four years, all the while learning more about each other's dark side than any mother and daughter should know. Though this debut novel loses momentum toward the end, its colorful phrasing and strong sense of place make it well worth the ride.About the Author:
Susan Thames teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.
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Book Description Villard Books, New York, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. It was 1957, I was twelve years old, me and my mother June were gassing up the Buick at the filling station in Welch, West Virginia, on our way to the rest of our lives. " So begins this novel, a funny and tender road story of a mother and daughter's search for the turn on the map that will bring them the good life. June uproots her daughter Lily from her West Virginia home, only to fall prey to a world as dangerous and absurd as the one they left behind. Through Lily's poignant, precocious, and often comic observations, we begin to unravel the delicate tangling of mother-daughter emotions, of two hearts in unison headed ultimately for separate destinations. 211 pages. The binding has a bit of wear at the top corners. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 001616
Book Description Villard, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0679419160
Book Description Villard, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0679419160
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Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0679419160