A story about a young couple who are drifting apart. They break into Florida vacation homes while the owners are away, stay awhile and then move on. Liberty senses that Willie is drifting away from her and that their search, so relentless and mysterious, is becoming increasingly dangerous.
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Joy Williams is the author of four novels—the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001—and four collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.From Publishers Weekly:
Although they are renting a house, Willie and Liberty, deeply disturbed drifters, break into Florida vacation homes of the wealthy, "living the ordered life of someone else . . . inhabiting the space others had made for themselves. For they themselves were not preparing for anything, they were not building anything." The married couple's picaresque wanderings are springboards for Williams's (Taking Care, etc.) deliberate parody of cultural foibles and mores as Willie and Liberty encounter ceramic dildos, a dial-a-sermon telephone service for the distraught, toilets with "deodorant sticks to protect the integrity of the bowls" and an old woman wearing "a low-cut evening gown which showed off her Pacemaker to good advantage." Williams, who has some arresting short stories to her credit, is best at creating mood, yet she distances the reader with descriptions that throb with isolation, doom, loss, depression and death. Her phrasing is provocative but forced and desultory ("His eyes looked like breakfast buns spread with guava jelly"), and the plot, as disconnected as the protagonists, leads nowhere. Portions of the novel were previously published in Esquire and the Paris Review.
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Book Description Collins Harvill, London, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First UK Edition. Edges are lightly discoloured, with some foxing and staining, particularly at the head edge. Some pages have very light foxing and staining. Paste down and free endpapers are stained and foxed. Head and tail of spine slightly rubbed. Else this book is in very good condition. Dust wrapper is slightly discoloured around edges, with some staining. Otherwise in very good condition. *We always describe the faults of our books meticulously but they usually present better than they sound. Bookseller Inventory # FIC0688
Book Description Collins, UK, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition (UK). 'To put it simply, Joy Williams is the most gifted writer of her generation. For her, the human personality is of the most interest and the most truth when it is under the most extreme pressure. This notion of truth emerges in Joy Williams's work in complete American-ness of setting, language and psychology that I find to be of great beauty and meaning' - Harold Brrodkey Foxing on top edge. Bookseller Inventory # 005489
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