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Paco's Story

Heinemann, Larry

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ISBN 10: 0374228477 / ISBN 13: 9780374228477
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1986
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Stated first edition. Black cloth spine over tangerine boads, gilt titles. A Vietnam war-based novel by a former combatant. Book unread, near new. DJ slightly rubbed, else near new. 209 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 1364

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Title: Paco's Story

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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This novel focuses on Paco Sullivan, the lone survivor of a massacre in Vietnam, who travels back to the United States, becomes a dishwasher in a short-order restaurant, and is haunted by the ghosts of the men killed in battle


Paco Sullivan arrives in town penniless and job-hunting, the rain evaporating off the street forming "pungent steam so thick you would think his legs were cut off at the knees." In truth, the enigmatic Paco is indeed crippled. He is the sole survivor of an infantry company "pulverized to ash" in the Vietnam War. The methodical monotony of a dishwashing job in a diner offers some salve, though everyday things bring back savage memories. Heinemann's second novel--the first, Close Quarters, was based on his combat experience in Vietnam--is narrated through the collective voices of Paco's dead colleagues and offers a war veteran's envious and despairing view of the regular world. Paco's Story won the 1987 National Book Award.

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