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Woodrow's Trumpet: A Novel

McLaurin, Tim

ISBN 10: 0393027015 / ISBN 13: 9780393027013
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, 1989
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0393027015 Dj blurbs by Lee Smith, Edgerton, Spencer, Dickey, etc. Bookseller Inventory # 010023

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Title: Woodrow's Trumpet: A Novel

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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The sleepy Southern town of Oak Hills, gradually transformed by the influx of new, younger residents, becomes the scene of a funny, tragic battle when long-time resident Woodrow Bunce refuses to conform to the town's new ordinances

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McLaurin offers in this second novel (after The Acorn Plan ) a group of richly drawn and memorable characters for whom we feel great affection despite troublesome flaws in the book. Three misfits band together to form a family that the townspeople--both old residents and new--of Oak Hills, N.C., cannot understand or accept. Woodrow Bunce, a gentle giant not right in the head since Vietnam, is descended from one of the rich, land-owning local families; he confounds his prosperous brothers by living independently on his small farm despite encroaching yuppie developments. When Nadean, a black former hooker and junkie, and Ellis, an orphan raised in a nearby boy's home, move in with Woodrow, the three find peace for the first time in their miserable lives. But Woodrow's gift to Nadean of a live palm tree and a pretend beach (complete with plastic flamingos) inflames the self-righteous Oak Hills newcomers. Zoning laws are used as a weapon against the bewildered Woodrow, and ugliness, violence, and tragedy ensue. Despite McLaurin's missteps here--he begins the story with an initially incomprehensible sequence of five "important" scenes; he paints his earnest yuppies with overly broad and banal satiric strokes; he neglects to tie up loose plot lines (what happens to the marijuana-growing Lupo brothers, or with Benson Bunce's career?)--this book has many moments that are truly wonderful.
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