From Publishers Weekly
In this flawlessly composed novel from the author of Violence , a Virginia bookstore owner recounts the dissolution of his family in the late 1960s.
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From Library Journal
The 1960s were a turbulent time in our history, and that turbulence, effectively captured in Bausch's sixth novel (after Mr. Field's Daughter , LJ 5/15/89), reflects the emotional chaos in the lives of his characters. Thomas Boudreaux, a divorced man in his early forties, seems to live a quiet, contented life as a bookstore owner in the coastal village of Asquahawk, Virginia. Yet he is haunted by the desire to understand the events that occurred in 1967, when, as a 17-year-old boy, his parents' marriage unraveled. Thomas uses a journal to help him piece together that humiliating and painful time, when his father, a career Air Force man and former POW, was caught stealing a government-issue typewriter and found guilty of writing bad checks. His mother, Connie, attempts to keep the family together by moving to Wyoming, where Thomas's father is imprisoned. Her decision, however, only magnifies the emotional suffering of each family member. Bausch's lyrical writing style makes for captivating reading.- Marlene McCormack Lee, Drain Branch Lib., Roseburg, Ore.
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