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Bausch, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0395595096 / ISBN 13: 9780395595091
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1992
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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293 pages, SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Spotless and tight copy. Record # 456170. Bookseller Inventory # 456170

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In this shattering novel, a man walks into a convenience store--which turns out to be precisely the wrong place at the wrong time. The near-death and seemingly arbitrary survival of Charles Connally are rendered with a realism, horror, and compassion that explore the strands of brutality running invisibly through his life, his wife's--and perhaps, that of the entire nation. Author reading tour.
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This beautifully observed story centers around Charles Connally, a Virginia college student in his mid-20s who is ambivalent about wife Carol's unexpected pregnancy. The coolness of his response troubles both of them on a Christmastime drive to visit his mother in Chicago where, in an all-night convenience store, Connally is present during a robbery that turns into a killing. Hailed as a hero for saving a woman's life, Connally, who knows his action was inadvertent, becomes increasingly anxious and withdrawn. Back in Virginia, as Carol's pregnancy develops complications, the prospect of fatherhood perturbs him more and more. He becomes obsessed with his experience in Chicago and with hidden events in his past, particularly those involving his father, whom his mother left when Connally was very young. Connally finally returns to Chicago for a series of confrontations. Examining the aftereffects--and origins--of violence in Connally's life, novelist and short story writer Bausch ( Mr. Field's Daughter ; The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories ) remains true to his emotionally repressed characters throughout. But while avoiding melodrama and sentimentality, he delivers less tension and fewer surprises than his readers have come to expect. BOMC alternate.
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