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Foley's Luck: Stories by Tom Chiarella

Chiarella, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0679409653 / ISBN 13: 9780679409656
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First edition, stated. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the title page: "To J-- and D-- / My friends and fellow Greencastle parents-- / With affection! / Tom Chiarella / 10-24-92." The author is a longtime resident of Greencastle, Indiana. Quarterbound in white paper-covered boards with a white cloth, silver-lettered spine. Book is tight and unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped; the last page (181) was pasted at the top corner to the back board (printer's error). The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $20.00). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 004163

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Title: Foley's Luck: Stories by Tom Chiarella

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Eleven stories trace the life of Dan Foley, from his childhood as the son of a mortician to his adult life as a husband, father, and architect

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A first collection of 11 interrelated stories--about the coming of age and failure-ridden adulthood of a narcissistic Florida architect unable to finish anything. We meet Dan Foley in ``Foley's Escape Story'' when he experiences his ``first removal'' and embalming of a body with his undertaker father. ``Foley's Life Story'' takes this would-be hero to the University of Florida, where Foley's penchant to make things up, or to lie, about his life in order to improve upon it, reveals a pattern that will emerge more fully in later stories such as ``Rapture,'' in which Foley ``decides to do something about his lying'' before getting mixed up with an old man and a pumpkin and lying again. In ``Foley's Confessions,'' he meets his future wife, Grace, and spies on her, resulting in a catastrophe, but by ``Foley's Luck,'' he is married with children, bemoaning the day he killed a fox with his Chevy as the day his luck turned. Obsessed, he keeps a list of unlucky events until he has nearly driven his wife crazy and his friends away. In ``Foley's Motto,'' then, Grace has had enough of Foley's starts and stops. The two separate, and Foley begins a new life, one no more satisfying to him than the old one. In ``Foley's Avenger,'' his daughter runs off to a man, and Foley goes after her, once again reduced to voyeurism by story's end. Finally, in ``Foley the Great,'' Chiarella allows his hero a chance to tie up some loose ends and, famished for intimacy and closure, a chance to understand that, as an architect at least, he did manage to finish some things. The gimmicky structure wears thin, but, at best, a heartbreaking look at certain dramatized paucities of modern life. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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