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The Breaks

The Breaks

by Richard Price
     
 

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Peter 'Speedo' Keller is the first college grad in his working-class family. At Simon Straight College - 'the Harvard of Upstate New York' - he majored in English, minored as a class clown. Now, having been wait-listed by Columbia Law, Peter must face the real world.

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Peter 'Speedo' Keller is the first college grad in his working-class family. At Simon Straight College - 'the Harvard of Upstate New York' - he majored in English, minored as a class clown. Now, having been wait-listed by Columbia Law, Peter must face the real world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With its intricate characterization, a plot that weaves together two very different cultures, and a narrative enriched by fresh, often poignant dialogue, this is an extraordinary first novel. At its heart is the unusually close relationship betwen Clara, a Jamaican, and David Hart, who is eight years old when Clara enters his life. David's mother meets Clara in a Jamaican hotel, where the kind, wise woman is a chambermaid. The Harts are on a trip designed to lift Leona from the depression that has engulfed her since her infant daughter was found dead in her crib. Clara reaches out to Leona, soothing her in a way no one else has been able to, and the woman returns to Rye, N.Y., as the Hart's live-in housekeeper. Leona turns to spiritualism and philosophy to fight her inner emptiness, becoming estranged from her husband, who eventually moves out. It is then Clara who provides the only constancy in David's life. Yet the intensity of their friendship, and the dark secret of her past that Clara is determined to hide from David, creates an emotional chaos that is skillfully portrayed and finally resolved in this wonderful novel, which won the London Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers' Competition. November 21
Library Journal
When eight-year-old David Hart's baby sister is lost to crib death, his mother, Leona, withdraws into depression. David's father takes her on a recuperative vacation to Jamaica. David is left at home, feeling confused and abandoned. When they return, his parents bring Clara, a patois-speaking Jamaican with a mysterious past, to tend to David and keep their house in an upscale New York suburb. In the years that follow, Clara fills the emotional void in David, as his preoccupied parents separate and divorce. He enters adolescence with a deep attachment to Clara and a fascination for all things Jamaican, including the secrets of her past. Hardly your usual coming-of-age story, this smoothly written first novel is original and compelling. Recommended. Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va.
From the Publisher

“A glorious, gritty comedy.” —The New Yorker

“Richard Price is to fiction what Martin Scorsese is to film....He has a genuine gift; his style is energetic, his eye for catching the minutiae of pop culture is keen, he swings to the jangling rhythms of city life.” —The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671452360
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1983
Pages:
480

Meet the Author

Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Lush Life, Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan. He wrote the screenplays for the films Sea of Love, Ransom, and The Color of Money, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best TV writing as a co-writer for the HBO series The Wire. Price was also awarded a Literature Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 12, 1949
Place of Birth:
Bronx, New York
Education:
B.A., Cornell University, 1971; M.F.A., Columbia University

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