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Years from Now

Glickman, Gary

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ISBN 10: 0394555139 / ISBN 13: 9780394555133
Published by Knopf, U.S.A., 1987
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first printing. Near fine in near fine DJ. Signed by author on the title page under his printed name. Bookseller Inventory # 000506

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Title: Years from Now

Publisher: Knopf, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A debut novel with a gay theme from a new American writer. It explores middle class Jewish family life and the conflict between selfhood and family bond in relationships.

From Publishers Weekly:

An ambitious first novel that reads more like a collection of stories, Years from Now looks at Jewish family life through a series of weddings, seders, funerals and other family gatherings in which the individual is often placed at odds with the rituals and traditions he or she is obliged to uphold. That tension figures prominently in the relationship most closely outlined in the book, that of Beth and David, two former classmates who, despite their homosexuality, maintain a sporadically physical relationship and eventually have a child together. Theirs is an unlikely union that remains in obscurity throughout the narrative, buried under flat characterizations and banal dialogue. Glickman aptly conveys the brittle atmosphere of family gatherings and the tense interplay between agendas manifest and hidden that marks such occasions; but the novel never transcends its implausible premise and is further burdened by an occasional, awkward lyrical tone that obfuscates more than it enlightens. Despite these flaws, the brief final chapterwhose tone, perspective, time frame and clarity of focus separate it from all that has precededmakes a fine, surprisingly moving story, suggesting that other forms of fiction may better suit Glickman's talents.
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