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If the River Was Whiskey

Boyle, T. Coraghessan

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ISBN 10: 0670826901 / ISBN 13: 9780670826902
Published by Viking Penguin Inc. Publishers, New York, 1989
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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A tight, bright and clean FIRST EDITION. An increasingly rare book in collector's condition. Original price intact on dust jacket, as necessary for a collectible book. In sixteen stories, T. Coraghessan Boyle tears through the walls of contemporary society to reveal a world at once comic and tragic, droll and horrific. Boyle introduces us to a death-defying stuntman who rides across the country strapped to the axle of a Peterbilt, and to a retired primatologist who can't adjust to the "civilized" world. He chronicles the state of romance that requires full-body protection in a disease-conscious age and depicts with aching tenderness the relationship between a young boy and his alcoholic father. These magical and provocative stories mark yet another virtuoso performance from one of America's most supple and electric literary inventors. Named by The New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice as one of the 13 best books of 1989, they said of the book: "All the linguistic acrobatics and hip, erudite audacity one expects from this author". Bookseller Inventory # 000058

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Title: If the River Was Whiskey

Publisher: Viking Penguin Inc. Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover in Dust Jacket

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Dust jacket art by Bascove. His sixth book and third collection of stories.

From Publishers Weekly:

The pleasure of pure storytelling makes Boyle's new collection of fiction a joy to read. The author ( World's End ) filters a diverse cast of characters through his witty, relentless narrative voice. Employing parody, social satire and traditional storytelling methods, Boyle's 16 stories invoke vastly different fictional worlds. The author gives us a death-defying stuntman (in "Human Fly"), a fast-talking pitchman briefing the Ayatollah on how to improve his image ("Hard Sell"), a businessman who sells his soul to the devil ("The Devil and Irv Cherniske"), a New York construction worker's vision of the Virgin at a religious shrine in Ireland ("The Miracle at Ballinspittle"), even a young man romancing a woman pathologically afraid of germs ("Modern Love"). All of these stories seem fueled by the writer's own curiosity about people and places, but a few, unfortunately, read like throwaways. These stand out because most of the book is so full of diversity, wit and daring. 25,000 first printing; author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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