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FACING THE MUSIC. Short Stories

Brown, Larry

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ISBN 10: 0912697911 / ISBN 13: 9780912697918
Published by Algonquin, Chapel Hill, 1988
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Author's first book, 10 stories. This copy is inscribed by Brown on the half-title: "For Virginia / From one southern comic / to another / Best wishes, / Larry Brown / 9/24/88." A fine tight clean crisp copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # ESB12350

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Title: FACING THE MUSIC. Short Stories

Publisher: Algonquin, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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Synopsis:

Facing the Music, Larry Brown's first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim. As the St. Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories “is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man--with the frequent introduction of that other familiar couple, drinking and violence. Most often ugly, love is nevertheless graceful, however desperate the situation.”There's some glare from the brutally bright light Larry Brown shines on his subjects. This is the work of a writer unafraid to gaze directly at characters challenged by crisis and pathology. But for readers who are willing to look, unblinkingly, along with the writer, there are unusual rewards.

About the Author:

Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write fulltime. Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. His three grown children and his widow, Mary Annie Brown, live near Oxford.

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