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Foley's Luck: Stories by Tom Chiarella

Chiarella, Tom

ISBN 10: 0679409653 / ISBN 13: 9780679409656
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1992
Used 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

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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A collection of eleven connected stories follows Dan Foley as he is initiated into his family's funeral business, attends college in St. Petersburg, Florida, transforms his brother's war tales into his own, and becomes obsessed with the girl at the theater's ticket window. A first collection.

From Kirkus Reviews:

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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