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The Lost Coast

Nightingale, Steven

4 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 031214007X / ISBN 13: 9780312140076
Published by St Martins Pr, 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by Author 031214007X This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is Very Good, with damp stain showing on the inner side of the lower edge. There are also small tears and minor wear to the edges. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 005640

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Title: The Lost Coast

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Jacket present as described

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

About this title


A diverse cast of characters--a hard-drinking cowgirl, a professor and her teenage daughter, an amorous painter, a shy contractor, a Jamaican journalist, and a beautiful attorney--bands together on a journey across the Great Basin to the legendary Lost Coast of California. A first novel.

From Kirkus Reviews:

The usual gang of dreamers, misfits, and oversexed cowgirls come together by chance in a Nevada roadhouse and set off on a pilgrimage that, as a first novel, has all of Chaucer's verve but very little of his coherence. Everything starts in Eureka, where Cookie the fry-cook decides to shake off her husband and their domestic life to head for California. Meantime, Chiara--a New York mathematician similarly on the run from an ancient daily routine--drives into town with her daughter Izzy. Cookie and Chiara meet at the Owl Club bar, where they are joined by Renato the painter, Juha the carpenter, Ananda the lawyer, Muscovado the reporter, and the ranchers Hansel and Gertie. First, the group retires to Hansel and Gertie's ranch, where they give themselves over to an endless symposium of food, sex, and storytelling. Then they decide to hit the road, and Juha constructs an enormous house on the back of a flatbed truck to carry them all west together. The outlines of the tale are pretty clear from the start, and the evil shadow cast across it by two demented adolescents named Tabby and Grimes comes as no surprise. The two believe that deceit has overtaken the world and feel chosen to oppose it. Their quest puts them in flight, too, and although we are meant from the beginning to see them as bad news, they manage to come across as more amusing (and far more sympathetic) than their rival pilgrims. The real irony is that the tragedy they bring on at the end seems to come from another story, and it's a poor fit within the tone of this one. Windy and pompous, but fun. The endless Tom Robbins-like rhetoric and the allegorical flatness of the characters quickly becomes a nuisance, but first-time author Nightingale manages to keep the ball rolling and can turn down the volume when he wants to. Underripe, then, but promising. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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