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STRANGERS IN PARADISE.

Abbott, Lee K.

ISBN 10: 0399131965 / ISBN 13: 9780399131967
Published by PUTNAM. NY 1986, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. Fine in dj. (Paper just beginning to darken) Author's THIRD book. Stories. Bookseller Inventory # 6816

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Title: STRANGERS IN PARADISE.

Publisher: PUTNAM. NY 1986

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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A guilt-ridden father drumming World War II history into his son, a vet turned desperado, a golfer gone temporarily mad--all of Lee Abbott's bold and reckless characters negotiate the bounds of acceptable human behavior with frequent missteps.

From Publishers Weekly:

The same characters keep turning up in the 14 stories in this collection. They're the men of Deming, N.M.car salesmen, World War II veterans, teachers and bank officers. Golf at the Mimbres Valley Country Club is central to their lives, as is liquor, the relationship of fathers and sons, and an exuberant, lush style of speech. Sensitive to the humor and dark disappointments at the heart of these lives, Abbott endows their basic ordinariness with epic, often hilariously comic, qualities. Most of the stories are set in the flat and dry, not quite harsh land of the Southwest; a few take place in Vietnam and tell of Deming boys dealing with the extremities of war; and one is both a war-time and science-fiction tale. While the author's imagination is extravagant and his ear for the ebullient and generous speech of his characters true, they often speak in the same voice, diminishing each story's individual punch. Abbott writes in the short-story form ( Love Is the Crooked Thing is an earlier collection), but, for this volume, the novel genre might have been more appropriate.
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