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Cooler by the Lake.

HEINEMANN, Larry.

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ISBN 10: 0374129193 / ISBN 13: 9780374129194
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1992
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Small 4to. Green paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 242pp. Fine/near fine. Attractive, tight first edition of this humorous novel by the 1987 National Book Award winner ("Paco's Story"), with a large bold signature by the author in black fineline on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 34421

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Bibliographic Details

Title: Cooler by the Lake.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Petty hustler Maximilian Nutmeg's life changes when he happens upon the wallet of Loretta Spokeshave and, against his baser instincts, decides to return it. By the author of Paco's Story.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Max Nutmeg is a very small-time Chicago con man, patriarch of a large and extended family of predictably lovable scuzzballs. Max's new scam is penny-ante but cumulatively lucrative: well- dressed and with an empty gas can in his hand, he stops people in the street and gives them an oh-so-sincere story about having run out of gas and having left his wallet at home. He embroiders the story at whim, and does okay. More than okay when a woman who gives him a dollar also drops her wallet and doesn't realize it. Inside are $800 plus credit cards plus an incriminating love letter. Max senses that his ship has come in, thanks to Loretta Spokeshave's loss--and his attempts to return the wallet power the rest of the very thin story here. What Heinemann (the National Book Award-winning Paco's Story, 1986, etc.) seems really interested in, though, is a Runyon-esque or Studs Terkel-ish paean to my-kind-of-town-Chicago; the book is little more than a collection of lowlife, inverted-snob details that sometimes are cute (good description of an O'Hare-area bar featuring female Jell-O wrestling; the off-camera mores of Wrigley's bleacher bums) but more often just cutesy (as in never mentioning a street name without giving its pedigree: ``Western Avenue, the longest street in the city, was so named because at one time it was the city limits; and Granville was named for Granville Temple Sprout, one of Chicago's first teachers, though experts differ and no one seems to know why the city used his first name''). Passably diverting for a local magazine market, but, in covers, it reads at the same time over- and under-strenuous, flat, and simply unfunny. -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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