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Wharton, William

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ISBN 10: 0805005323 / ISBN 13: 9780805005325
Published by Henry Holt & Co, New York, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Book has a faint soil mark on bottom page ends, else fine. BroDart protected jacket has a crease on the rear cover and light age toning to the flaps. Signed and inscribed on the "Also by William Wharton" page. First edition / first printing. Ship in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # PC 48-23

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Title: Tidings

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Will, a philosophy teacher at the American College in France, his wife, Lor, and their four grown children prepare to celebrate what promises to be their last Christmas together as a family

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In the idyllic setting of a lodge on a millpond in the French countryside, the narrator, Will, scrubs, sweeps, varnishes and lays a fire in preparation for his family's arrival on the day before Christmas. The next morning, driving through the snow to meet them, the litany of domestic and yuletide detail continues, along wth the rueful hint that this may be the last Christmas they will all spend together. Sure enough, once wife Loretta and the four children are assembled, each is given a chapter in which to spiel out individual woes. Loretta, who has remained sexually unsatisfied throughout 30 years of marriage, is having an affair, the married daughter wants a divorce, the unmarried one a baby, and the two sons some sort of center for their lives. All alternately mock and pity their old maid of a father, said to be a professor of philosophy but a dead ringer for a teacher of home ec, who, while his offspring are having their say, is lying awake agonizing over the fact that they have neglected to hang up their stockings. But miraculously, when they troop in to open their presents, there are the stockings, , hand-knitted, stuffed with presents designed to delight each recipient. Their provenance is never made clear in a book whose author (Birdy, Dad) otherwise finds it necessary to explain everything several times over, but never bothers to put flesh on his stick figures or write a line of authentic dialogue.
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