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TRIAL BY WATER

CUOMO, George

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ISBN 10: 0679412301 / ISBN 13: 9780679412304
Published by Random House, NY, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FINE condition in NEAR FINE dust jacket. HARDCOVER. 1993. FIRST EDITION. AS NEW, bound in stylized blue on blue with shades of blue dust wraps. Square and tight, UNREAD, original price intact. Light toning to lapels and edge of jacket verso. Review slip laid-in. It began as a spoof of Prom Night and ended in murder. A novel of suspense in New England. Bookseller Inventory # 000767

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Title: TRIAL BY WATER

Publisher: Random House, NY

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Just when he thinks everything is going his way in his new home of Trent, Massachusetts, transplanted New Yorker Florian Rubio finds his world turned upside down when his son is implicated in the deaths of two teens

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This first novel in two decades by the author of Among Thieves is well worth the wait. Set in a Massachusetts community that resembles those in the Berkshire region around Pittsfield and Lenox, the book focuses on Florian Rubio, a land speculator who has transcended his Bronx origins and is riding a wave of success--until his son Brian is put on trial for manslaughter. Brian is accused of causing the deaths of two other teenagers whose car he forced off a boat ramp into a lake, a gruesome accident that concluded a wild night of class warfare between kids from rival high schools. The suspenseful narrative also offers an insightful exploration of the tensions among three generations of the Rubios, Florian's parents having lived with him since his divorce. At the same time that his son's problems are brewing, Florian is drifting into a relationship with a schoolteacher neighbor, whose marriage is disintegrating. Cuomo handles this potentially melodramatic material with taste and reserve. Keenly attuned to social conventions, he casts an observant eye on the rituals of small-town life. He has a canny understanding of the semiotics of class, illuminating the tensions between the neighboring high schools and the towns they represent--one working-class, the other affluent. Finally, he sensitively portrays the interactions between fathers and sons, the fumbling ways that American men communicate their love for one another.
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