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Williamson, Eric Miles

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ISBN 10: 0312204043 / ISBN 13: 9780312204044
Published by Picador, 1999
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Williamson, Eric Miles. EAST BAY GREASE. NY: Picador USA, c1999. First printing. 248pp, 8vo, Signed by the author, New trade paperback,. Bookseller Inventory # 58015

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Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In Eric Miles Williamson's debut novel, young T-Bird Murphy seeks to gain a foothold in the turbulent and menacing world of 60's and 70's Oakland. While his mother runs with Hell's Angel's bikers, T-Bird falls beneath the men's fists and favors, finds solace and hope in the slightest of rewards, and seeks to survive. Soon, his ex-con father returns to town, and what follows is a raw, powerful, poetic story of one boy's passage into adulthood.

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"A foster son of old Jack London--in every best sense--Eric Williamson gives us not only the sorrow and the pity of a tough Oakland life, but--stand back--a lyrical reminder that white trumpet players are people too." --Barry Hannah, author of Geronimo Rex and Bats Out of Hell

"What an enriching book East Bay Grease is, absorbing the reader in a fascinating drama of violence and hope, pathos and grace. Eric Miles Williamson combines a sharp contemporary sensibility with solid storytelling virtues, but more than that, he returns to American fiction an understanding of class and social structure, and their effects on character--a tender yet unsentimental view of the underdog reminiscent of the best of Stephen Crane, Jack London, and John Steinbeck." --Tracy Daugherty, author of What Falls Away and The Woman in the Oil Field

"This passionate story about a numbing, if not brutalizing, blue-collar upbringing reminds me of Richard Price's first novel, and signifies to me the arrival of a new and explosive writer tapped into the raw nerve of underdog America." --Ronald Sukenick, author of Down and In: Life in the Underground and Up

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