Title: Umbrella of Glass
Publisher: Far Corner Books
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0932576613 Breitenbush Books. This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and end pages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the author and inscribed as follows: "To Dan, with thanks to the man who presided over the first course I ever taught(?) in. Such an experience these lectures on Joyce and The Secret Agent. With warm regards, Hank". The recipient was Dan McCall the author of Jack the Bear and noted English Professor at Cornell University. Bookseller Inventory # 003486
Synopsis: Book by Alley, Henry
From Publishers Weekly:
Aging reporter Dale Vestbern is assigned by his minor Arkansas newspaper to write an article about Barr Rickover, a medical charlatan who built an enormously profitable medical empire in the 1940s by promising to cure cancer. Vestbern travels from one small Ozark town to the next, meeting Rickover's evasive relatives and coping with hostile townspeople, but managing to piece together a murky history of an ambitious huckster who eventually spent four years in jail for fraud. During his travels, Vestbern gradually uncovers his own deeply troubled past, and it slowly becomes apparent to him that Rickover, during his heyday as healer, played a pivotal role during Vestbern's hospitalization for depression. The uneven, clumsy weaving between past and present, the constant shifting of points of view and the proliferation of lethargic and nondescript characters deprives this novel by the author of The Lattice of vitality and focus.
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