This irrepressible first novel appeared in Canada, in 1984, and concerns a perfect golden boy who, when he finishes high school, has it all. He's handsome and smart, the star of the hockey team, has a beautiful girlfriend, seven sisters and a mother who fawn over him, and three dogs who adore him. He is a strutting peacock, a prima donna whose narcissism knows no bounds.
And then, he goes off to college and his downfall. And from his lofty height, when he hits the dirt, his poignant and comic landing makes a very loud noise.
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PETER GAULT, a young Canadian, wrote and self-published Goldenrod in Canada at the age of twenty-three. Working on his second book, he traveled across America.From Publishers Weekly:
The author of this unsophisticated first novel self-published his book in Canada in 1984, where it apparently earned favorable reviews. The story follows narrator Ken Harrison from his senior year in high school to college, with glimpses of post-college life. Ken lets us know right away, via heavy anatomical detail, that he's a narcissist. As he "progresses" from high-school hockey star to would-be actor, Ken relates incidents of his school and sex lives, which revolve around bars, his one true love Elizabeth, his family, his friends and, of course, himself. At one point in this exuberant, if pointless, tale, Ken exclaims, "I'm a spoiled brat!" We know that. Suburbia and good manners seem the chief villains, but Ken's egotistical self-regard ("I fascinated myself") is equally to blame for his problems. One of the ways our hero shows his age is his attention to baser bodily functions, meaning, at least, that he's not just a Ken doll. In a cloying introduction, Richard Kalich tells how he encountered Gault hawking his self-published book on a New York street corner.
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Book Description Tudor Communications, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0944276423