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Preston Falls A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  David Gates
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679756434
ISBN-13: 9780679756439
Sku: 30505557
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  352
Age Range:  NA
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Late Friday afternoon they start for Preston Falls: Jean and the kids in the Cherokee, Willis in his truck with Rathbone the dog riding shotgun. (from the first line)
In this comic, fiercely compassionate novel, David Gates sends his protagonist on a visceral midlife journey to the dark side of suburban masculinity.
From the Publisher:
"Beautifully written.... Gates [has a] pitch-perfect ear for contemporary speech...and...[a] keen, journalistic eye."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times|In this comic, fiercely compassionate novel, David Gates, whose first novel Jernigan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, sends his protagonist on a visceral journey to the dark side of suburban masculinity, explores the claims youth makes on middle age, and the tenacious --at times perverse--power of love to assert itself.When Doug Willis has a mid-life crisis, he doesn't join a gym or have an affair. Instead he gets himself arrested while camping with his wife and kids, takes a two month leave of absence from his PR job, and retreats to his farmhouse in rural Preston Falls--where he plugs in his guitar and tries to shut out his life.While his wife, Jean, struggles to pay the bills and raise their sullen, skeptical kids, Willis's plans for hiatus crumble into Dewars-and-cocaine fueled disarray. A shattered window, an unguarded gun, and a shady small town attorney force a crisis--and Willis can't go home again. With its biting humor and harsh realism, Preston Falls confirms David Gates as a talent in the tradition of Russell Banks and Richard Ford: a master of dark truths and private longings.The lives of Doug Willis, his wife, and their son and daughter spin wildly out of control as Doug takes a leave of absence from his despised PR job and copes with the claustrophobia of an unsatisfactory marriage, familial demands, and the tenacious power of loveThe lives of Doug Willis, his wife, and their son and daughter spin wildly out of control as Doug takes a leave of absence from his despised PR job and copes with the claustrophobia of an unsatisfactory marriage, familial demands, and the tenacious power of love. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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In this novel about a family coming apart, Doug Willis takes a leave of absence from his job to fix up the country house, renovate his marriage, and play a little guitar. The consequences are not exactly what he had imagined.

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New York Times
"As he did in his remarkably accomplished first novel, 'Jernigan,' Gates does a meticulous job of conjuring up his hero's daily existence. He uses his pitch-perfect ear for contemporary speech to capture the escalating marital tensions between the Willises, and he uses his keen, journalistic eye to render convincingly both the middle-class world they inhabit and the redneck, working-class world of their neighbors in Preston Falls...." - Michiko Kakutani 02/03/1998

New York Times Book Review
"With 'Preston Falls'..., you're almost afraid to go back to the book once you've put it down. Anything could happen, and it's likely to be horrible, irremediable. [T]his is an extremely well-written novel, and it's more than tough enough for most of us. You're not sure which to wonder at most: the prolific imagination that allows David Gates to bring these people so remorselessly to life or the fortitude that allows him to live with them while he's doing it." - Michael Wood 02/15/1998

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0352
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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