Title: Bluesman ***SIGNED***
Publisher: Faber & Faber, NY
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author on Full Title Page
Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.
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Synopsis: It is 1967. There's a war going on in Vietnam. In rural Heywood, Massachusetts, white men are playing the blues and eighteen-year-old Leo Suther is writing clumsy love songs to his girlfriend Allie Donovan. Leo has no intention if going off to war. He has big plans for his life with Allie. Though it's summer vacation now, there is no shortage of teachers for Leo. His father warns him that "life can turn on a dime". His jamming partners introduce him to the beauty of the blues harp. Allie's father, the local communist and civil rights organiser, lectures him on politics. And, of course, Allie herself has much to teach him. However, when Leo's life threatens to come unglued, it is his mother's wisdom he turns to. Though she died before Leo was five, her voice lives on in her diaries and poems, testifying to the strength of her love for her husband and son - a love that can still, years later, offer consolation. In Bluesman Andre Dubus III has written a novel of great warmth that evokes a time when America itself was coming of age, a novel that shows the same powerful understanding of humanity and the ways that human beings can misunderstand each other as his extraordinary novel House of Sand and Fog.
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With House of Sand and Fog, his National Book Award-nominated novel, Andre Dubus III demonstrated his mastery of the complexities of character and desire. In this earlier novel he captures a roiling time in American history and the coming-of-age of a boy who must decide between desire, ambition, and duty.
In the summer of 1967, Leo Suther has one more year of high school to finish and a lot more to learn. He's in love with the beautiful Allie Donovan who introduces him to her father, Chick ? a construction foreman and avowed Communist. Soon Leo finds himself in the midst of a consuming love affair and an intense testing of his political values. Chick's passionate views challenge Leo's perspective on the escalating Vietnam conflict and on just where he stands in relation to the new people in his life. Throughout his ? and the nation's ? unforgettable "summer of love," Leo is learning the language of the blues, which seem to speak to the mourning he feels for his dead mother, his occasionally distant father, and the youth which is fast giving way to manhood.
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