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Blues and Trouble: Twelve Stories

Piazza, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0312139349 / ISBN 13: 9780312139346
Edité par St. Martins Press, 1996
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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First Edition (first printing). The first fiction book by the author of MY COLD WAR, a well-received story collection featuring a vision of America with constantly shifting ground. Fine/Fine. Signed by Piazza on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 16729

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Titre : Blues and Trouble: Twelve Stories

Éditeur : St. Martins Press

Date d'édition : 1996

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Signé : Signed by Author

Edition : 1st Edition.

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Synopsis :

Exploring the diverse landscape of American life, twelve stories capture the lives of people caught between circumstance and their own natures or on the run from fate, from a Jewish couple encountering a dealer in Nazi memorabilia to the troubled family of a Gulf Coast fisherman awaiting a hurricane. A first collection.

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In "Burn Me Up," the most effective of the 12 achingly moody stories in this virtuoso collection, Memphis city councilman Archie Lucas recalls the spring of 1948, when he felt "a sense of longing and possibility mixed with a strange directionlessness." His ennui is later shattered by the rock-and-roll voice of Billy Sundown on the radio. Raunchy Billy is Archie's former schoolmate, and his Jerry Lee Lewis-style fame and troubles have propelled him into a peripatetic world of backwater lounges. The painful counterpoint of these two lives resounds through this and other pieces that contrast pure-on-the-road blues and frustratingly settled existences. Set in motion by the soul-sapping "Brownsville," in which the narrator sits alone in a steamy New Orleans bar and vows to quit running when he gets to dusty Brownsville, a town he has chosen "because I've got no reason to go there," these stories are sequenced in perfect call-and-response rhythm. Piazza has found the common American experience in the attachment-detachment struggle. Ranging from New York City to coastal Texas to Santa Monica, and crisscrossing through Memphis, he draws into his edgy cosmology characters from disparate segments of our population, what Stanley Crouch in his introduction calls "so many out-of-tune lives": the diaspora Jew trapped in the commuter ethos ("A Servant of Culture") as well as the Tennessee trucker who can't act "right" in sedate Ohio society ("Memphis"). If there is a flaw here, it is that women are depicted only as speed bumps that throw men off course. Told in a clear tenor voice, Piazza's first collection is as wonderfully dislocating as an all-night drive. Piazza is a recipient of a 1995-96 James Michener Award.
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