Randall Silvis Hangtime: A Confession

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Hangtime: A Confession

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Meet Terence Newcombe, a "literature professor with nothing original or relevant to teach. A homeowner, taxpayer, respected member of society deserving of nothing but contempt. A hoaxster, a con man, a grifter. Being a stand-up guy was my shell game. Friend? Husband? Mentor? Father? The hand is quicker than the eye." Through relentless wordplay, unflinching introspection, and spot-on critique of academia with all its pedagogy and convoluted language, Randall Silvis spins a bittersweet tale of lost hopes and nearly grasped second chances. Narrator Terence "Nuke" Newcombe revels in self-loathing, short circuits his synapses, then finds himself unexpectedly sober, with that elusive second chance not so far out of reach.

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Novelist, essayist and screenwriter Randall Silvis is the author of ten books of fiction and one book of narrative nonfiction. A Senior Fulbright Fellow and former Thurber House writer-in-residence, his many awards include the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, three National Playwrights Showcase Awards, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the father of two sons and lives in western Pennsylvania.

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Terence Newcombe, “a man with two busted marriages and one gut-shot love,” is in the midst of a crisis. He’s a literature professor “with nothing original or relevant to teach,” an alcoholic who’s suddenly sober due to the death of his grad-student lover, a neglectful father, and a man still haunted by the death of his best friend at the age of 10. Looking to fill the hours he used to spend drinking, he decides to mount a campaign to win back the love of his son, thwart the mercenary intentions of his soon-to-be-divorced second wife, and take up rock climbing with his former drinking buddy, Lester. Alternately quoting Rilke, dragging his 19-year-old son to the circus a decade too late, and discussing with Lester their mutual marital woes while perched on top of the roof, Newcombe makes for a very entertaining narrator. Yet Silvis, wordsmith extraordinaire, also powerfully conveys the malaise of a man at midlife who has finally realized he has not been paying attention to the things that matter. --Joanne Wilkinson

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