BLUE BOSSA.

Schneider, Bart.

ISBN 10: 067087695X / ISBN 13: 9780670876952
Published by New York: Viking, (1998.) dj, 1998
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's highly praised first novel, the story of a jazz musician trying to make his way back from his drug addiction, set in San Francisco in the early 1970's against the background of the Patricia Hearst kidnapping. SIGNED on the title page. Dustjacket praise from such writers as Jim Harrison, Carolyn See, Rosellen Brown and others. 244 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 40211

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Title: BLUE BOSSA.

Publisher: New York: Viking, (1998.) dj

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Set against the backdrop of Patty Hearst's kidnapping in 1970s San Francisco, Ronnie Reboulet, a former jazz trumpet star and emotionally troubled man, strives to live a life void of drugs and relies on the companionship of his daughter and his soulmate to make the comeback of a lifetime

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A heartfelt debut, by The Hungry Mind Review's editor, about a burnt-out jazz musician who's obviously modelled on the brilliant, self-destructive trumpeter-vocalist Chet Baker. The story occurs in and around San Francisco in 1974, when Patricia Hearst was kidnapped--an event that absorbs Schneider's characters almost obsessively. Protagonist Ronnie Reboulet, ``pushing fifty,'' is drug-free at last but left with a mouthful of false teeth and a horn that's been locked away for some five years. Ronnie's ex-wife ``Cat'' willingly crashed and burned along with him. Now their daughter Rae, herself beginning a career as a jazz singer, struggles also to raise her racially mixed four-year-old, the product of her affair with a handsome black kid she met at Altamont. Ronnie's currently quiet life (working at a golf course, living with Betty Millard, a goodhearted nurse who has survived mastectomy, unhappy marriage, and bereaved motherhood) is disturbed when Rae and son reenter it, and as he's gradually persuaded that he's ``frozen inside a tree of unplayed music.'' Following this extended exposition, the novel riffs through short chapters describing Ronnie's, Rae's, and Betty's experiences and reminiscences, and the relevance of the Patty Hearst theme grows clearer, hinting at the question of whether people can separate themselves from their loved ones so decisively that there's no way back. Schneider knows his subject, and all the right tunes, but the account of Ronnie's imperfect rejuvenation is miked, as it were, too high. There are actually scenes that suggest both Christ's agony in the wilderness, and a ``baptism'' that accompanies Ronnie's return to playing in public. Conversely, the story does trail off into a perfectly modulated downbeat ending. A better-than-decent try, but more emotion than technique is displayed in this first solo effort. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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