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Rough Traces Paperback – August 1, 2007
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It is a rich and challenging journey, though so much more than a travel guide: just a few pages in, you have come to be a denizen of Wesco's brilliant universe. Forget your commute to work, e-mail, or traffic reports, and find yourself in the stark alternate life you never faced in "not too good," a life of ties and shirts, sales, rough pink soap in the bathroom and an uneasy truce with the mechanics in the break room.
One meets many characters in Rough Traces, most which leave the reader feeling a delicious sadness. There is the waitress in "Flush or Bust" who refuses your three dollars for a pair of Nathan's Famous; instead, she is more concerned with the hundreds of grasshoppers which have descended that afternoon. `Let's have us that walk' you are invited in "Muscadine," and told by your aged companion that every man `ought to be/drunk/as he is old.' You meet "The Man at the Doughnut Shop" who says of his ruined clothes `The hole is more honorable/than the patch.'
The forgotten roads and backwaters hold a serious charm, and Rough Traces holds its readers with a firm grip.Read more ›