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Bowman, David

ISBN 10: 0814712053 / ISBN 13: 9780814712054
Published by New York University Press, 1992
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Author's highly regarded prize-winning first novel, set in 1976 when an 18-year-old runaway boy partners with a middle aged housewife who loves to drive through the desert and they set out on a series of adventures throughout the West. A first edition book with a full number row, so tightly bound that it is either unread or read very carefully and very little, no names or other markings The DJ is unpriced, sometimes typical of university presses, very bright and clean, not edgeworn, protected by a mylar sleeve. A collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # 002731

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Publisher: New York University Press

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Cloth HB

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

About this title


It's 1975. Bud Salem, 18-years-old, is fleeing his mother's TV church and meets a woman pitching oranges in the Mojave. She's Sylvia Cushman, a 45-year-old housewife, who loves driving alone through the desert. They odyssey through western motels and Apache gas stations where Sylvia gives long lectures about Emily Dickinson and drags Bud up into the mesas to search for petroglyphs. After sharing adventures in Detroit, New York, and Amherst, the travelers part...

In many ways Let the Dog Drive is an askew detective novel— when a character dies under strange circumstances in Texas, Bud goes to the panhandle to uncover what happened. His strange narration does contain pleasures of the genre: a shootout inside an aquarium; a faked death; another shootout on a chicken farm in Texas...But Let the Dog Drive is also a freewheeling merging of many other genres and concerns-- Hollywood, hardboiled novels of the 1930s, Emily Dickinson's white dress, hallucinatory cacti, The Book of Luke...And dogs.

About the Author:

David Bowman was born in Racine, Wisconsin, but now lives in New York City. This, his first novel, was written in Montauk. He is currently writing a biography of Paul Cain (1902-1966), an enigmatic contemporary Hammett who lived and died in Hollywood.

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