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- DescriptionGrowing up in a small upper Midwest town in the late 1930s, young Tommy MacAllister is scarcely aware of the Depression, much less the rumblings of war in Europe. For his parents and their set, life seems to revolve around dinners and dancing at the country club, tennis dates and golf swings, lavish holiday parties and summers on the Island, so many sparkling occasions full of people and drinks and food and laughter. With his curiosity and impatience to grow up, however, Tommy will soon come to glimpse something darker beneath the genteel complacency: the embarrassment of poor relations; the subtle (and t so subtle) slighting of black or Native American servants, Jewish in-laws, and supporters of Roosevelt; the messy mechanics of sex and death; and the commandment they talked least about in Sunday school, adultery. In this remarkable 1984 debut vel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic William McPherson subtly leavens his wide-eyed protagonist's perspective with mature reflection and wry humor, and surrounds him with a sizable cast of vibrant characters, creating a scrupulously observed, kaleidoscopic portrait that will shimmer in readers' minds long after the final page is turned.
- Author BiographyWILLIAM McPHERSON (b. 1933) is a distinguished literary critic, editor, journalist, and novelist. Born and raised in Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and George Washington University. Starting at The Washington Post as a copy editor in 1958, he worked his way up to become first a staff writer and editor, then, following several years as a senior editor at William Morrow & Co., returned to become its daily book editor, founder of its Book World publication, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic. His first novel, Testing the Current, was originally published in 1984. A second, To the Sargasso Sea, appeared in 1987 and reintroduced readers to Tommy MacAllister as a forty-year-old writer. D. T. MAX is a staff writer at The New Yorker and is at work on a biography of David Foster Wallace. His book The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery was published by Random House in 2007.
- Author(s)William McPherson
- PublisherThe New York Review of Books, Inc
- Date of Publication31/01/2013
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNYRB Classics
- Weight367 g
- Width130 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine129 mm
- Introduction byD. T. Max
- Edition StatementMain
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