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Falling Dark

Tharp, Tim

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ISBN 10: 1571310304 / ISBN 13: 9781571310309
Edité par Milkweed Editions, 1999
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First Edition (first printing). The debut novel by this Oklahoma author, the story of several "fallen dreamers" set on the backside of sixties idealism. Winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. Fine/Fine. Signed without inscription, "Best wishes, Tim Tharp" on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 72462

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Titre : Falling Dark

Éditeur : Milkweed Editions

Date d'édition : 1999

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Signé : Signed by Author

Edition : 1st Edition.

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Set in rural Oklahoma on the backside of '60s idealism, this story follows the lives of several fallen dreamers, including Donna Bless, the alcoholic mother of two boys; Sam Casey, whose marijuana crop is ready for picking; and Roy Dale, a wiry, bitter man who connects them all. If Roy Dale is the dark center of this novel, Sam Casey's farm provides the light. The characters move through several small town settings - bars, the grocery store, beat-up subdivisions, the local high school - and even up to Tulsa, but everyone is at some point drawn to the farm that was once a commune, complete with geodesic dome.

Writing in the voice of a storyteller, Tim Tharp re-creates a contemporary small town and moves inside the minds and hearts of its people. His tale delineates the fragility and difficulty of redemption and questions whether new growth can come from dying leaves, faded ideals, and crushed lives.

From Publishers Weekly:

Set in the early '70s in a rural Oklahoma town, Tharp's first novel attempts to capture the gritty backlash against '60s hippie idealism. Sam Casey's farm was founded as a Walden-inspired commune, complete with geodesic dome, but has deteriorated into a small-time marijuana operation. Donna Bless, the mother of two teenage sons, Nelson and Wesley, has crumbled into alcoholism (and men's beds) since her husband was murdered by marauding teens, a night that sensitive young Nelson painfully remembers. With a dirty mouth and an opportunistic streak, chronic troublemaker Roy Dale brings these two worlds into head-on collision, seducing Donna with a six-pack in the back of his truck and putting her boys to work selling some of Sam's crop. Teenage love, small-town blues and neighborhood bullies flourish amid the strip joints, honky-tonks, gas stations and the Git-n-Go convenience store. Trapped in their weaknesses, steeped in marijuana-haze and rum-and-coke stupors, Tharp's characters seem primed to convey philosophical reflections on self-destruction and recovery, but when he pushes the story into a brawling face-off and comes up with a picturesque ending, the characters' scrappy charm fades. Tharp's prose style, too, may be problematical for the reader. Searching for novelty in syntactical unconventionality, he blends dialogue with third-person narration and deliberately blurs the line between a character's speech and internal thoughts. Though the device adequately weaves together the characters' actions and motives, it often seems an affectation. This novel about diminished expectations commands full attention, however, when it leaps into a kind of transcendent faith. When young Nelson defies racist bullies who malign one of his friends, the scene is all the more poignant for its hardscrabble setting. (Oct.) FYI: Tharp's novel is the winner of the 1999 Milkweed Fiction Prize.
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