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BOOMERANG.

Hannah, Barry.

ISBN 10: 0395488826 / ISBN 13: 9780395488829
Published by HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON 1989, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by Barry Hannah on the half-title page. Close to fine in a fine dj. (Hint of faint foxing at top edge); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 14651

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Title: BOOMERANG.

Publisher: HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON 1989

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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The life of a Mississippi-born-and-bred boy brings struggles for a "tiny but sincere" child who comes of age amidst staggering lust, hatred, love, and mayhem and who has a pivotal meeting with an old man

From Publishers Weekly:

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Prize for his first novel Geronimo Rex and twice nominated for the National Book Award, Hannah ( Hey Jack! ; The Tennis Handsome ) again exhibits his antic imagination and spare but striking prose style. In his eighth book, he deals whimsically with some of the same ideas Roth explored in The Facts, but unlike that autobiography framed with fiction, Boomerang, described as a "tender weaving of novel and autobiography," is published as a novel. "Names, characters, places and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously," readers are warned in the front matter. When one encounters descriptions of "the great publisher Sam Lawrence" arriving in a stretch limousine or mention of "the horrible brilliant Gordon Lish," one cannot help but speculate over the decision to call this fiction. And yet there are sweeps of narrative that are soaringly, daringly, brilliantly original. The intelligence and visceral emotions Hannah rams onto a page can leave a reader stunned. The narrative travels out into the past and then circles back, taking a boomerang's swooping path. Lyrical passages of childhood memories are balanced by strutting, rambling riffs on post-drunken quests for respect and too-frequent references to pussy and nooky. The result is a book that staggers under a load of extraordinary writing which seems somehow lazily shovelled together. Boomerangs are hard to control; a beautiful flight often turns into an uncontrolled landing in the wrong place.
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