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Jennings, Dana Andrew

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ISBN 10: 0899196942 / ISBN 13: 9780899196947
Published by Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1989
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Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Tiny nick to mid front. ; Signed by Jennings on title page.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. ; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 49128

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Title: MOSQUITO GAMES Signed 1st

Publisher: Ticknor & Fields, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Young Earl Duston lives a difficult life in the town of Granite, New Hampshire, experiencing the constant brutality between his mother and stepfather and a life on the edge with his wild blood brother Denny Gamble

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A grimly realistic slice of American gothic, this savagely comic first novel delineates Granite, N.H., a mill town where the Fruit & Real Estate stand sells watermelons and gravestones, a swampy backwater where ne'er-do-well Denny Gamble makes love to Pam Durocher in her wedding dressand the groom, Stain Thistle, says he doesn't mind. Earl Duston, the narrator, watches his best friend Denny commit a vicious, senseless knifing. An air of brutalization hangs over everybodyEarl himself, forced to quit high school and slave in a steel-drum factory; his alcoholic mother Norma, deserted by one man after another; his abusive, sometime stepfather Frank, sent up to the County Farm; even his cat, Crusty. The climax, triggered by a ritual in which the two buddies strip as mosquitoes feast on their blood, is a shocker. Yet the story has a static quality, its ragged characters frozen in time. Jennings, who writes for the Wall Street Journal and hails from New Hampshire, strews the narrative with four-letter words, cockfights, brawls and the seething anger of impotent men.
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