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Living After Midnight

Abbott, Lee K.

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ISBN 10: 0399136568 / ISBN 13: 9780399136566
Published by Putnam Pub Group, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Signed and dated on half-title and also inscribed on dedication page. Abbott is the suthor of Strangers in Paradise and Dreams of Distant Lives. In this collection, he examines his characters, 'frought with existential desperation.' A near fine copy with mild aging and owner's (aka inscribee's) embosser stamp to ffep. DJ also near fine with price clipped. 239 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 12028

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Title: Living After Midnight

Publisher: Putnam Pub Group, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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A collection of five short stories and one novella in the "noir" tradition, each dealing with the sudden disruption of ordinary life by bored and often desperate people during the hours between midnight and dawn

From Kirkus Reviews:

Abbott's fifth collection (Dreams of Distant Lives, 1989, etc.) includes five stories, lively and inventive but sometimes superficial, and a novella, written in an antic, smart-alecky style. Abbott, as usual, is both infectiously exuberant and cartoonishly slick. In ``Living After Midnight'' (the novella), Reed is the straight man, and Hoffman, or H-man, the crazed gonzo artist. In college, they read Heidegger, Kant, and so forth--justifying many of Abbott's throwaway lines and sell dope. Reed then marries and divorces, while H-man is spotted here and there, ``only another smart-mouthed world-beater Reed had palled around with....'' After Reed slips into the life of a journalist, ``making points'' about various issues, H-man shows up again: ``This is the twentieth- century, Ace. Bad is its middle name.'' The two engage in a series of holdups, part high-jinks and part metaphysics, before their game falls apart in a robbery foiled by a kid at the Things-U-Need grocery. Abbott is faultlessly hyperactive, but his style soon overheats into mannered tics. Of the stories, the most interesting are: ``The Who, the What, and the Why,'' in which a narrator whose daughter has died begins breaking into his own house as a kind of therapy; and ``Freedom, A Theory Of,'' where a man obsessed with his sister's disappearance disappears himself. ``How Love Is Lived in Paradise'' is a fluent portrait of 265-pound Bubba, an ex- football player, and ``Getting Even'' is a long, gimmicky shaggy- dog story. ``Yet it wasn't football I was talking about, really,'' Bubba says. ``It was having a way in the world: somewhere to go and the means to go there.'' At their best, Abbott's stories inventively take such elliptical journeys. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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