0345393562 484pp. 1.75 x 9.50 x 6.75, Hardcover, very good cond. in very good dust jacket, 1st edition. Inscribed and signed by author on front end page. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : The New York Times Book Review praised the characters in Jon Hassler's last novel, Dear James, as"so exquisitely rendered that even a first-time visitor to Staggerford will come to love them as old friends." Now, in Rookery Blues, Hassler once again brings to life an oddball group of Midwesterners, as they brace themselves and each other for the turmoil of the late 1960s on a small college campus.
Rookery, Minnesota, is about as far north as you can go and still be in the United States, and Rookery State College is an academic backwater if ever there was one. The campus is populated by students seeking draft deferments during the height of the Vietnam War and misfit teachers who can't get a job anywhere else. Even so, some of the faculty at Rookery State long for a meeting of the minds, the companionship of soulmates.
And then, one frigid afternoon, the Icejam Quintet is born in the improbable basement apartment of Neil Novotny, an unkempt English instructor and obsessed novelist. With Leland Edwards on piano, Neil on clarinet, Victor Dash on drums, and Connor on bass, the group comes together with the help of its muse, the lovely Peggy Benoit, who plays saxophone and sings. The most gifted and spirited of the bunch, Peggy instills the harmony that allows the Icejammers to produce the kind of jazz they've all dreamed of playing, bringing them satisfaction they never thought they'd experience.
But even isolated Rookery State will be touched by the great discontent sweeping the country. News of a salary freeze electrifies the rabble-rousing Victor, and the first labor union in history comes noisily to campus. As a teachers' strike takes shape, threatening both the draft-dodging students and the complacent administration, the five musicians must struggle with their loyalties--to the school, the town, their families, and each other....
As he does in all his novels, Jon Hassler infuses the story of this unlikely collection of eccentrics with wry wit, deep feeling, and ultimately, his faith in human beings to endure despite their own sadly comic foibles. Like his beloved Staggerford novels, Rookery Blues is about the sheer need for community that everyone harbors--even in the unlikeliest places.
From the Back Cover:
"One of his finest and funniest novels."
--The New York Times Book Review
"UNFORGETTABLE . . . Hassler has skillfully encapsulated an entire world of humanity and emotion in one tiny town in northern Minnesota."
--San Diego Union-Tribune
"IRRESISTIBLY DELIGHTFUL . . . TOUCHING AND UPLIFTING."
--The Orlando Sentinel
"AN UPROARIOUSLY FUNNY, WONDERFULLY SATISFYING SENDUP OF ACADEMIC TOMFOOLERY."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Titre : Rookery Blues
Éditeur : Ballantine Books August 1, 1995
Date d'édition : 1995
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Edition : First edition.
Description du livre Ballantine Books, 1995. État : Very Good. 1st. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. N° de réf. du libraire GRP96648870
Description du livre Ballantine Books, 1995. État : Very Good. 1st. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. N° de réf. du libraire GRP76298666
Description du livre Ballantine Books. Hardcover. État : GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. N° de réf. du libraire 2763012012
Description du livre Ballantine Books. Hardcover. État : GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. N° de réf. du libraire 2777843652
Description du livre Ballantine Books. Hardcover. État : GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. N° de réf. du libraire 2780982834
Description du livre Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. État : Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. N° de réf. du libraire G0345393562I3N00
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Description du livre Ballantine Books. Hardcover. État : Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. N° de réf. du libraire G0345393562I3N00
Description du livre Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. État : Good. Dust Cover Missing. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. N° de réf. du libraire G0345393562I3N01
Description du livre Ballantine Books. État : Good. . Good dust jacket. N° de réf. du libraire C10B-00335