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The Living One

Gannett, Lewis

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ISBN 10: 0679410805 / ISBN 13: 9780679410805
Published by Random House, New York, 1993
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line (2-9 for Random House). Inscribed and signed by the author in blue ink on the title page: "For the handsome and charming E-- / Lewis Gannett." The author's debut novel, which Kirkus described as "an 800-pound gorilla of a horror novel." The book is tight, square, and unmarked; tail of spine bumped, else fine. Dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $20.00). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001261

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Title: The Living One

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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After years of estrangement, typical suburban teen Torrance Spoor is summoned to the home of his father, Malcolm, where he learns of a seven-hundred-year-old family curse destined to end in madness and suicide. A first novel. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

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This well-intentioned but vastly overdone first novel adds Big Brother to the cast of Dark Shadows , then throws in coming-out-of-the-closet angst. Rich kid Torrance Spoor is transplanted from California to coastal Massachusetts by his wacko father, Malcolm, who reveals to his son a centuries-old family curse. The adolescent becomes a virtual prisoner in his dad's mansion, outfitted with pool, vicious dogs, hidden cameras and the ever-attentive and creepy servant Pip. At school Torrance begins a relationship with Erik, a fellow swim team member, and copes with still more weirdness, including a writing instructor who teaches her students about "reading with the body." Employing various voices and miming various media (letters, diary jottings, class assignments, tape recordings, memos, historical accounts), this novel sacrifices storytelling for special effects. Consequently, although surveillance, psychic research and family history are all worthy topics for fiction, Gannett's plot--especially the denouement--seems preposterous and his writing immature. He conveys a true appreciation for adolescent confusion and longing; if he concentrates on the less spectacular but more perplexing mysteries of human relationships, his powers may emerge at full strength.
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