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Preston Falls

Gates, David

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ISBN 10: 0679436677 / ISBN 13: 9780679436676
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1998. F First Edition. H Hardcover. Near Fine. Slight rubbing and minor nicks to jacket; slight warp to last few leaves; else a near fine copy as issued. [10], 337, [4] pages. Author's second book (following the success of "Jernigan"); novel ". investigat[ing] the essential truths of a marriage a la mode" (jacket front flyleaf). Signed by Gates in black ink on half-title page. Signed: I Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # L057527

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Title: Preston Falls

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: H Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: J Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: F First Edition.

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A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Jernigan introduced David Gates as a novelist of the highest order. "Full of dark truths and biting humor,"  wrote Frederick Exley, "a brilliant novel [that] will be read for a long time."

After that blackly comic handbook of self-destruction--whose antihero shoulders up to such crucial American figures as Bellow's Herzog, Updike's Harry Angstrom, Heller's Bob Slocum, Percy's Binx Bolling and Irving's Garp--Gates's new novel investigates the essential truths of a marriage à la mode. Doug and Jean Willis fit the newly classic, recognizable and seemingly normal variety: struggling against a riptide of the daily commute, the mortgages, the latchkey child-rearing and the country house, as well as the hopes and desires from which all of this grew.

In accordance with their long-standing agreement, Doug embarks from their Westchester home on a leave of absence from the PR job that had ineluctably become his life, while Jean contends with both her own job and their two children. Over a two-month period he'll spruce up the family's alternative universe up north in rural Preston Falls; she'll deal with her end of the bargain, and her worries about the survival of the family. But then domesticity hits the brick wall of private longings and nightmarish twists of fate.

A surprising, comic, horrifying and always engrossing novel, charged with the responsibilities of middle age and with the abiding power of love, however disappointed--told with great artistry, pitch-perfect understanding and fierce compassion.

"A novel that's the funniest, sharpest, most strangely exciting book about men and women in a long time."
--Tom Prince, Maxim

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"David Gates has a superb reporter's precision, an analyst's ear, a teenager's glee in exposing deception and a moralist's eye that is as unforgiving as Evelyn Waugh's."--New York Times Book Review

"A blistering marriage in free fall, Preston Falls is full of black humor."--Newsweek

"David Gates has produced the funniest, sharpest, most strangely exciting novel about men and women in a long time."--Maxim

"[Preston Falls] abounds with excellent peripheral characters, engaging imagery, deft style, skilled detail and humorous interludes."--The Rocky Mountain News

"It's very well done, with dialogue that rings true and all the accumulated nastiness that erupts as families disintegrate."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Preston Falls is mesmerizing, disturbing, a brilliantly overheard monologue--the nada of a man who has been there, done that, and is out of places to go."--The Boston Globe

"Gates is a masterful chronicler of the dynamics of a family meltdown."--Publisher's Weekly

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