Joyce Thompson Merry-go-round

ISBN 13: 9780893405496


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Schuyler Rykken inherits an old merry-go-round from his mother's lover, and he and his new wife, Marty, defy a mercenary, local tycoon to keep it operating

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Merry-Go-Round has moved through the world in mysterious ways.
Thirteen years after its publication, a divorced single mother, I met and married a man named Schuyler. The novel begins on the "real" Schuyler's birthday.

The merry-go-round itself was based on one I saw in a beer garden in eastern Pennsylvania in the summer of 1977; its caretaker responded to my interest by showing me all the inner workings and telling me much of its story. I fell in love with the machine.

Some years later, when I was teaching my week at the Clarion conference in E. Lansing, my students took me for a final celebration at a local park. "My" merry-go-round was there--having been sold and moved from PA. The whole workshop rode it round and round, trying to catch the brass ring.

Finally, during those financially precarious single mom years, Rowholt not only translated the novel into German but sold it to Stern magazine for serial publication. The windfall kept us for a year.

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Merry-Go-Round is a beautifully crafted novel that tells the story of a man and a woman--both contemporary and independent spirits--and how they come to fall in love and, in the process strike a blow for the forces of good and the environment.

Schuyler Rykken, a youngish mathematician of considerable appeal and charm, abandons his career at MIT when he realizes he is, very simply, not smarter than everyone else. At this crucial juncture, he receives a letter from his deceased mother's lover, Jack Willets. Willets has left him his only valuable property, an old carousel on the seacoast of Oregon. Without hesitation, Schuyler decides to take a chance and take possession of it.

The town of Seasound offers a wealth of odd local characters and a fascinating history. Schuyler enlists the help of Marty, a young woman artist who helps him renovate the merry go round. And then, these two quirky people fall in love. Together, they battle the forces in the town that are pushing for land development an the destruction of their beloved carousel.

Joyce Thompson has written a sensitive an witty love story that underlines the themes of artistic freedom and moral action. Readers will recognize her portrait of small town America and warm to characters who are so idiosyncratically themselves.

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ISBN 10:  0517543419 ISBN 13:  9780517543412
Publisher: Crown, 1982