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ROUND ROCK.

Huneven, Michelle.

ISBN 10: 0679454373 / ISBN 13: 9780679454373
Published by NY: KNOPF. 1997, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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REVIEW COPY. (Publisher's printed publicity slip laid-in) SIGNED by Michelle Huneven on the title page & dated in year of publication. About fine in a fine dj. (Hint of slight foxing at top edge) (LRC); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 20322

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Title: ROUND ROCK.

Publisher: NY: KNOPF. 1997

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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In a small town among the citrus groves in the Santa Bernita Valley, so the locals claim, nothing ever goes according to plan. "It's a great place to live, they say, if you like surprises: it's just like life, only different."

Certainly a number of Rito's inhabitants--fewer than a hundred in all--are surprised to be living here. Red Ray, for instance, a wildly alcoholic lawyer who bought a dilapidated Victorian mansion in an attempt to rehabilitate his marriage and regain the affections of his wife and young son. After destroying those hopes with a spectacular final binge, Red established a drunk farm, Round Rock, on the ruins. There, one day at a time, he follows his new, unexpected calling.

Many months after her husband decamped (almost immediately) for Los Angeles, Libby Daw still lives alone in their trailer, and finds herself even more rooted to the valley she dreams of escaping.

And there's Lewis Fletcher, a sometime graduate student whose keen intelligence is sorely tested by his erratic behavior and current predicament. Without exactly knowing why, and entirely against his wishes--or by default and sheer good luck--he finds himself placed in Ray's care at Round Rock.

As these people seek out or maintain their various niches in the valley, the peculiar history of the place asserts itself. An heiress descended from the original settlers, Billie Fitzgerald still acts as though she owns it all; devoted to her father and son, she obscures her mercurial emotions from even her closest friends. The past also returns with David Ibañez, whose family had harvested the groves for generations--and whose talents and secrets (and thus, he discovers, his future) are inextricably bound to the complex, close-knit town he thought he had left behind.

With insight matched with artistry, Michelle Huneven traces the emerging destinies of these characters as each of them struggles for peace and equilibrium, even happiness and love, against hapless, all-too-human frailty and circumstance.

A vivid evocation of landscape and community, Round Rock derives great power from psychological subtlety, and from affection for and profound understanding of lives strained or broken but on the mend. Fresh, remarkably mature, and constantly surprising, this astonishing debut wins both your trust and your heart.

From the Publisher:

"Characters that fit like a pair of jeans and an old T-shirt--this is a book you can live in. It is wise, witty and charming -- and, ultimately, deeply moving. A brilliant debut."
-- T. Coraghessan Boyle

"I've not read so knowing and pleasant a book in years. I stopped often in the reading to wonder: How can she be this absolutely aware, and how can she give such a beautiful damn about us -- men and women -- in our small ardent struggles? Superb."
-- Barry Hannah

"A wonderfully rewarding good read -- the kind of book I look forward to getting back to."
-- Alice Adams

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