- Series: Ballantine Reader's Circle
- Paperback: 309 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 23, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345427025
- ISBN-13: 978-0345427021
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Flamingo Rising (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – June 23, 1998
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If the 100,000-copy first printing is any measure, this debut novel about true love and feuding families in 1950s Florida is something special.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The coming-of-age story is done to a fine turn in Baker's absolutely delightful first novel, which is also a clever spin on the Romeo and Juliet theme. Set in Florida in the 1950s and 1960s, Flamingo Rising features narrator Abraham Isaac Lee, the adopted son of the owner of an extravagant outdoor movie theater located on the beach between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. The erection of his father's dream project is done in open defiance of the funeral parlor next door. The cross-purposes of his father's enterprise (a huge structure that reflected light and life and turned night into day) and the neighboring mortician's business (a quiet place that glorified death) lead in time to a vendetta between the two, but not before Abe falls for the daughter of his father's enemy. The reader knows from the outset that Abe and this girl marry and have a family, for his story is being told in retrospect, but the remembered path to that point makes for a charming tale. Abe's and his sister's home schooling, the man who came to work for his father and became more or less a member of the family, Abe's sister's incredibly ferocious dog, and Abe's sexual maturation are all amusing and poignant milestones. Brad Hooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Highly recommended. This is one of my favorites out of all of his work, second to only A Good Man.