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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Tupelo Press (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936797119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936797110
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Huddle takes us into the intimate heart of a family, the desires that we keep from each other and often from ourselves. Huddle has the courage and skill to travel these secret spaces and bring to light our loneliness and our longing. As one of his characters argues: 'Every now and then somebody gets a glimpse of what it's like to be somebody else.' In Nothing Can Make Me Do This, Huddle gives us not just a glimpse, but that rare revelatory and redeeming experience of seeing and becoming those others, which is why we read and need his novels."--Julia Alvarez --Advance Praise

About the Author

Currently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University in Virginia, David Huddle taught for thirty-eight years at the University of Vermont and continues to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English. He has published seventeen books of fiction, poetry, and essays. His novel The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. In 2012, Louisiana State University Press will publish his seventh poetry collection, Black Snake at the Family Reunion.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marisha Chamberlain on November 8, 2011
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Nothing Can Make Me Do This launches the reader on a sensual adventure of the first order. Nothing can make you read this, but once you pick up the book, you will not put it down. Bristling with incident, humor, pleasure and suffering, cowardice and offhand heroism, this great, great novel presents itself casually, as if related over the back fence by someone who just happens to know human beings to their very core. Private lives, through three generations of a family with roots both in New England and in the South, are revealed a layer deeper than what we're used to. Huddle concerns himself, not only with what goes on behind closed doors or in the bedroom, but with what goes on when each family member is absolutely alone. There, pleasure and pain frequently exist just a hair's breadth apart, and decisions form, sometimes based on incomplete or mistaken information, with excruciating and hilarious results. "Taking up residence on Planet Pain," is how one of his characters terms the moment when his wife discovers a stash of pornographic videos in her ancient father's shoeshine kit. The old man is not only a community pillar, but a thoughtful and elegant person...and the videos aren't actually his. Ha. Whose, then? Huddle's breathtaking prose, though never showy, has the sensuality of a D.H. Lawrence, and the insight of a Tolstoy. Vital to the last breath, and steadily amusing, these characters will work their way into your consciousness like members of your own family. This book is singularly great. Don't miss it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lewis on November 30, 2011
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This is a profound and elegant novel, one that looks deeply and candidly into the inner lives of one American family. Huddle has long been a master at exposing that razor-wire solitude where his characters live, and in this novel he is working at his best. You'll not only love reading this novel, but it will change the way you see the world and everyone around you. Read this book now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey on December 25, 2011
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In "Nothing Can Make Me Do This" David Huddle constructs a gripping tale that has so many extraordinary tableaus and insights that it is hard to point to only a few. At heart, it channels the best traditions of American fiction. Huddle's story is to the three generations of one Vermont family he writes about with such affection and yet objectivity what Styron was to the Tidewater or Faulkner to the Deep South. Haunting, this book just lingers and lingers in your thoughts. It deserves acclaim, easily the best novel I read in 2011.
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By Doris R. Wilbur on January 30, 2013
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I gave this book as a gift and the person I gave it to said she enjoyed it very much since she knows the writer.
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By Willow123 on September 17, 2012
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The book was very interesting to read in class and it arrived very quickly. I'm very happy that I bought it.
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David Huddle is from Ivanhoe, Virginia, and he's lived in Vermont for 44 years. He's taught at the University of Vermont, Hollins University, Middlebury College, Goddard College, Johnson State College, Radford University, Austin Peay State University, The University of Idaho, The Bread Loaf School of English, The Rainier Writing Workshop, and The Sewanee School of Letters. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, Appalachian Heritage, The New Yorker, Harper's, Poetry, Story, Shenandoah, Agni, Green Mountains Review, The Sow's Ear, Plume, and The Georgia Review. In 2012 his novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the Pen New England Award for Poetry. His new poetry collection, Dream Sender, will appear from LSU Press in Fall 2015. His novel, The Faulkes Chronicle, appeared from Tupelo Press in Fall 2014, and a new novel, Kira's List, is scheduled for publication by Tupelo Press in Spring 2016.

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