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This Side of Jordan : A Novel (Hardcover)

Author: Schulz, Monte

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In the idyllic last American summer before the great stock market crash of '29, nineteen-year-old farm boy Alvin Pendergast somehow decides he can escape a fatal relapse of tuberculosis by accepting the offer of a job across the Mississippi River from a slick-talking stranger who seems to be everything poor Alvin is not: smart, sharply dressed, well-acquainted, and without worry in the world. But beneath appearances, Chester Burke is also a gangster and a sociopathic killer. On their traveling road through the small towns of the Midwest, Alvin soon discovers how ignorant he is of life beyond the farm.
Fortunately, he finds another companion on this harrowing journey, a curious and clever dwarf, whose own pathetic life has offered little resistance to fate, until the circumstances of Chester's cruel itinerary force both him and Alvin to seek another path, if they hope to survive.
This Side of Jordan is a story of another America, eighty years distant yet familiar, too, a vibrant and scandalous tapestry of eccentric characters from a nation embroiled in criminal liquor traffic, thrilled by Jazz Age fads and frolic, drunk amid the glittering showgrounds of a booming circus whose flag-topped tents are about to come down. Through mayhem and merriment, past the violence and hypocrisy of Prohibition, along miles of dirt roads and busy Main Streets, we see this evocative narrative, a simple yearning for love and hope. This side of Jordan is about the distance we travel in America to find our rightful place.


Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Mfg Part# 9781606992968
SKU 211342808
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1606992961
Release Date 8/5/2009
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