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THIS IS THE PLACE.

Rock, Peter.

ISBN 10: 0385485980 / ISBN 13: 9780385485982
Published by NY: ANCHOR BOOKS. 1997, 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Trade Paperback. First Edition. Signed by Author. SIGNED by Peter Rock. Fine in pictorial printed wrappers.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 20702

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Title: THIS IS THE PLACE.

Publisher: NY: ANCHOR BOOKS. 1997

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Sixty-four-feet tall and made of metal, the neon giant Wendover Will stands in front of the Stateline casino in Wendover, Nevada and faces east. The sign under him reads "This Is The Place." Over a hundred miles away in Utah, across the salt flats, stands the statue of Brigham Young, atop his monument, proclaiming the same thing, "This Is The Place."

This Is the Place is the sinister story of an aged and lonely blackjack dealer living in Wendover, who becomes obsessed with a nineteen-year-old Mormon girl from Bountiful, Utah. It is a story of love, perhaps doomed, told by an endearing misanthrope who may be delusional, but who has managed to coalesce his manias into an alternative understanding that lies somewhere between Wendover Will's depravity and Brigham Young's morality:

"The dispute between Will and Brigham is not for me to settle, nor would I want it settled. The words hang over the salt flats, the most forsaken stretch of earth, a terrifying expanse of sheer space, white, like another planet, hard and smooth where nothing can live. This all sounds so grim! I've known joy and I'll know it again. It's just that it takes work to get up the words to talk about love."

His love leads him to do a terrible thing, and he tells this story to justify himself. His words, seductive and convincing, draw the reader into a world where the supernatural takes on new meaning. It is a haunting journey to the extreme realities of Las Vegas and Salt Lake City and many places in between. Above all, it is an odyssey to the depths of love.

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Sixty-four-feet tall and made of metal, the neon giant Wendover Will stands in front of the Stateline casino in Wendover, Nevada, facing east. The sign under him reads "This Is the Place". Over a hundred miles away in Utah, across the salt flats, stands the statue of Brigham Young, atop his monument, also proclaiming "This Is the Place". In this sinister, heartbreaking story, an aged and lonely blackjack dealer who lives in Wendover becomes obsessed with a nineteen-year-old Mormon girl from Bountiful, Utah. This Is the Place is a tale of love, perhaps doomed, told by an endearing misanthrope who may be delusional, but who has managed to transform his manias into an alternative understanding that lies somewhere between Wendover Will's depravity and Brigham Young's morality.

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