||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.
||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.
||"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.
|Editors Note 3
||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 love
|Editors Note 4
||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 love. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.