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WE FIND OURSELVES IN MOONTOWN Stories: Gummerman, Jay

WE FIND OURSELVES IN MOONTOWN Stories

Gummerman, Jay

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ISBN 10: 0394574591 / ISBN 13: 9780394574592
Published by Knopf, New York, 1989
Used Condition: Very fine in fine dj. Hardcover
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First Edition. Hardcover. Signed & dated by Gummerman in month of publication. First book. Dj comment by Michael Chabon, E. Tallent and Mary Robison. 8vo boards & cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 3159

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Title: WE FIND OURSELVES IN MOONTOWN Stories

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very fine in fine dj.

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A debut collection of fresh and offbeat short stories probes the slightly askew world of a grade school teacher in love with a student's pregnant mother; an aging, one-armed umpire; a jazz drummer; and others

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Showing himself to be a highly gifted writer in this first collection of short stories, Gummerman demonstrates a special understanding of the confused adolescent boys and young men who inhabit the suburbs and exurbs of the American Northwest. Dopers, misfits, the lovelorn--the characters all deal with some form of impending sexual or physical violence. In "The Painter," a yuppie fired from his job for stealing a valuable painting, an impressionistic rendering of Jello-O salad, is visited by a streetwise teenager who talks her way into his house, his bed and his heart. "Russell's Honor" is a chilling tale of a bigamist who walks away from a minimal security prison and winds up at his unstable, vengeful sister's house. In the gothic "A Minor Forest," a hippie dope dealer joins an illegal business venture to cut down Christmas trees, and the trip takes on a bizarre, surrealistic cast when the car he's riding in crashes and he sees the world in a new way. In almost every story, the characters' humorous, offhand responses to events mask a deep-seated sadness about the narrowing of life's possibilities ("Reality sucks," one character says) and the inevitability of disappointment, even despair. While the stories are technically perfect, however, they lack heart; it's almost as if Gummerman is afraid to embrace his characters, to engage in an emotional response.
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