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Rhino Ranch A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Larry McMurtry
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1439156409
ISBN-13: 9781439156407
Sku: 212942860
Publish Date: 6/1/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  288
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From the Publisher:
In this poignant and striking final chapter in the Duane Moore story, which began in 1966 with The Last Picture Show, Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning author Larry McMurtry takes readers on one last unforgettable journey to Thalia, Texas, a town that continues to change at a breakneck pace even as Duane feels himself slowing down.

Returning home to recover from a near-fatal heart attack, Duane discovers that he has a new neighbor: the statuesque K. K. Slater, a quirky billionairess who's come to Thalia to open the Rhino Ranch, dedicated to the preservation of the endangered black rhinoceros. Despite their obvious differences, Duane can't help but find himself charmed by K.K.'s stubborn toughness and lively spirit, and the two embark on a flirtation that rapidly veers toward the sexual -- but the return of Honor Carmichael complicates Duane's romantic intentions considerably. As Duane reflects on all that he and Thalia have been through, he feels adrift in a world where love and betrayal walk hand in hand and a stalwart Texas oil town can become home to a nature preserve.

Rhino Ranch is a fitting end to this iconic saga, an emotional, whimsical and bittersweet tribute to the lives of a man and a town that have inspired readers across decades.

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For his fourth and final book featuring Duane Moore, Larry McMurtry brings his signature character back to Thalia, Texas, to finish the life story that began with 1966's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Now a widower in his 60s, Duane has reached the point in life where memory overwhelms the present, and he feels alone and useless in his hometown, which has successfully moved on without him. But a newcomer named K.K. Slater may have just the remedy to cure the apathy of a broken-down former cowboy--a herd of endangered African rhinos which she is breeding in captivity. Working with the mighty herd arouses Duane's lust for life just enough for one final adventure, which involves Satanists, meth labs, a porn star, and some ferocious bouts of fornication (by both human and beast). McMurtry is a literary master, and he provides a worthy conclusion to one of the most stirring sagas of our time.
Author Bio
Larry McMurtry
The son of a cattle rancher, Larry McMurtry spent most of his childhood on horseback under the vast, blue sky of the Texas Panhandle. In 1958, he received a B.A. from North Texas State University and in 1960 an M.A. from Rice University. In 1959, McMurtry married Josephine Ballard. They had a son, James Lawrence McMurtry, and were divorced in 1966. McMurtry won a Stegner Fellowship to do graduate work at Stanford University, and then taught creative writing at Rice. His first book, HORSEMAN, PASS BY, was published in 1961 and was immediately hailed as the first great novel to depict the conflict between the Old West and the New West. This tale of an old-time cattleman and his unscrupulous stepson (made into the movie HUD) began what would become a string of literary and commercial successes for McMurtry. Many of his books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning LONESOME DOVE, have achieved best-seller status, and several more, including BUFFALO GIRLS, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, have been adapted for film. The major theme of most of his literary work is disillusionment with the myth of the West. McMurtry is also a well-known antiquarian bookseller (and collector), who has turned his Texas home town into an important center for used and rare books.

Praise

"McMurtry, as always, treats his characters with humor, affection, and respect. The conclusion is bittersweet but a satisfying finale to a wonderful series of novels." (starred review) - Jay Freeman 07/01/2009

"McMurtry ends the west Texas saga of Duane Moore...with a top-shelf blend of wit and insight, sharply-defined characters and to-the-point prose....Nobody depicts the complexities of smalltown Texas life and the frailties of human relationships better than McMurtry." (starred review) 06/22/2009

"Despite its tragic turns, McMurtry's farewell to his fictional alter ego is more sweet than bitter. Like Kurt Vonnegut, McMurtry tends to dismiss the great peaks and valleys of modern life with a wistful shrug, focusing instead on the odd conversation, the telling wink, the sad, silly, tender in-between moments when we assume that we, and those who hold our world together, will live forever." - Bill Kent 09/06/2009

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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