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Love Warps the Mind a Little

Dufresne, John

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ISBN 10: 0393040135 / ISBN 13: 9780393040135
Published by Norton, New York, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed in black marker on the half-title page by the author: "John Dufresne." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends unbumped. Dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.00); Brodart-protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000734

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Title: Love Warps the Mind a Little

Publisher: Norton, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

A daring new novel set in a blue-collar town in Massachusetts by the author of the highly acclaimed Louisiana Power & Light.

Ever since Lafayette Proulx quit his day job, left his wife, hauled his dog and his Royal portable across town to Judi Dubey's house, and set out at last to be a fiction writer, his life has been a sordid mess. Judi's exotically dysfunctional family isn't all to blame. Sure, the murders are disconcerting. And, yes, Judi's father's gone off the deep end. Worse are the vicious rejection letters Laf gets from editors. To top it off, Laf's falling for Judi at the same time he's nettled with guilt, is in marriage counseling with his wife, and is writing his long-hoped-for novel. When Judi is diagnosed with stage IV cancer, they both struggle to find the memory that will comfort, the truth that will redeem in a world where everyone suffers some kind of love disorder.

John Dufresne, called "a highly readable Faulkner," will once again take the literary world by storm with this new tragicomic tale.

Jill McCorkle in the New York Times Book Review cites "the miraculous beauty of his tale-telling surprises and delights."

Review:

Lafayette Proulx is affectionately called Laf by his friends, and with good reason. As the likeable narrator of John Dufresne's terrific new book Love Warps the Mind a Little, Laf has an eye for the comic elements that can be found in the everyday events of life, and an armchair philosopher's sense of detached bemusement. Laf quits his day job and decides to pursue his dream of writing fiction, a move precipitated by the breakup of his marriage and followed by a torrent of rejection slips. He moves in with his hesitant girlfriend Judi, and for a time, the story sets into a domestic story of befuddled affection and incidental affairs. Suddenly, Judi is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and from here on out, Love Warps the Mind a Little becomes a stunning love story, sweetly moving in its description of love amid tragic circumstances. Its honesty and insight are wonderful and the comic elements are never lost. The highly acclaimed author of Louisiana Power & Light has met the high expectations of his critics and readers alike in this wonderful novel.

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