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Last Things

Jones, Madison

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ISBN 10: 0807115495 / ISBN 13: 9780807115497
Published by Louisiana St. Univ Pr., Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Red cloth, black titles. Southern morality tale involving drug trafficking & abusive relationships. Near-new copy with reviewer's letter laid in. DJ has small wrinkle at top edge. 206 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2299

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Title: Last Things

Publisher: Louisiana St. Univ Pr., Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Housesitting for an eccentric professor, Wendell Corbin falls in love with Tricia Harker, his married next door neighbor, and is blackmailed into joining a local drug gang

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Pungent with a dark and delicate sensibility, this first novel takes us deep into the murk of a small, corrupt Southern village. Wendell Corbin, an improbable graduate student in English literature and a would-be novelist, has scrabbled up from the depths of a poor, uneducated family. Two of his brothers are named Majer and Miner; his father is so dimwitted that he "was just barely capable of forming habits." Having "sworn never again to set foot" in Bliss County when he left for college, Wendell finds himself back where he started when he agrees to rent a room from his mentor, the hirsute, Blake-spouting, pot-smoking, professor Leonard T. Rathbone. Rapidly falling in with an old drug connection, Wendell is soon involved in a lucrative drug-running ring presided over by an upstanding pillar of the community. Adultery and finally murder ensue as Wendell capitulates to his own cravings for respect, money, and perhaps a flirtation with the very squalor from which he escaped. Despite some loose ends and lapses into pedestrian prose, Jones has created an original novel that goes far beyond the typical odd man out in a rural Southern town scenario.
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