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Sky Full of Sand

Rick Demarinis

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ISBN 10: 0939767473 / ISBN 13: 9780939767472
Published by Dennis McMillan Publications, 2003
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Sky Full of Sand

Publisher: Dennis McMillan Publications

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Uriah Walkinghorse is 42 years old and in a pinch. It's tightening on him day by day. Things didn't seem all that gad just a few months ago; it almost seemed like life was all right, in fact, and he had something of a future, even several possible futures. As a serious body-builder, he knew his gory days had been over for 20 years, but hell, he was happily married, he could still bench-press 400 lbs., and he brought home the bread to Gert, his leggy German wife. That was before she left him for Trey Stovekiss the race-car driver, though. This is how it starts: a lonely and abandoned man, eking along in El Paso, looking for something - anything - to take his mind off his troubles, a man ripe for troubles of a completely different kind in the form of Hona Farnsworth, a hard-edged beauty with an offer to sweet to refuse. Sometimes Hell is worth it.

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Like a cold lake, this novel by the author of such books as Cinder and Year of the Zinc Penny is best entered by a plunge. Bleak, brutal, demented and cruel, the El Paso world inhabited by Uriah Walkinghorse shocks the system, sets nerve-ends tingling, numbs, then drags you into its thrall. Uri is suspended somewhere between a "normal" existence and a descent into the bizarre and desperate world that surrounds him. Strained but strong ties still bind him to his odd assortment of adopted siblings-black and white and Korean-who include a school principal, an addict, a delivery driver and a corporate lawyer. At 42, he has lost his wife, abandoned his quest for a master's and manages derelict apartments of derelicts in exchange for rent. His one accomplishment was a bodybuilding title, Mr. West Side, and he still maintains a diet and exercise program. DeMarinis's exceptionally sharp wit slashes through the prose as Uri undertakes an odyssey through a world of kinky sex, drugs, high finance and the most vicious, most wasted dregs of humanity on either side of the border. The argument between a huffer and a doper over which addiction is better is brilliantly macabre. Alternately trapped and fueled by futile dreams of a better life, Uri stumbles, perseveres and survives. DeMarinis somehow manages to invest even the most degenerate of characters with recognizable humanity in spite of his savage and bitter satire.
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