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Paul follows his young bride Colette as she leaves their small town for a better life in California and returns with her to Louisiana, where they must pick up the pieces of both their marriage and their livelihoods during the 1980s economic recession. Tour.
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[It] may tell an old, old story - that it is only when you are in danger of losing someone that you begin truly to appreciate them - but it has rarely been told so well ... the depiction of his native landscape, with its Spanish moss and snapping turtles, its "white heat and green humidity" is superb. (Mark Sanderson, Sunday Telegraph)
A mighty first novel, told with cinematic grip . . . Gautreaux himself takes the next step in the moody, sweet dance of southern literature. (GQ)
A smartly turned-out first novel, about the push and pull of a young Louisiana couple, that holds you snug and won't let go (Entertainment Weekly)
Marries the power of a first novel with the wisdom of a second . . . The rippingest novel of the year, with writing that dances and swells like a jitterbug on a hot skillet. (Philadelphia Enquirer)
Gautreaux chronicles the Louisiana landscape with loving precision and insight. Every sound, every smell, is just right . . . This is both an elegy for a disappearing way of life and a celebration of enduring values. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The mesmerising new novel from the acclaimed author of THE CLEARING - 'An extraordinary novel, one of the best I've read in years' Annie Proulx
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Book Description Picador USA, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st Picador USA ed. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312181434
Book Description Picador USA (New York), 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Hardbound. New/new. With mylar dust jacket warrper. A tight, clean, unread copy, without flaws of any kind. Purchased new and never opened. His second book. You cannot find a better copy. Seller Inventory # p29
Book Description Picador USA, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Seller Inventory # 170620013
Book Description Picador USA, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110312181434
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