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Button Man is a gritty, disturbing, and wildly comic story of street vendors, small-time gambling, big-time thugs, and long-shot love.

It’s the hot summer of 1988. Michael Dukakis leads the elder George Bush in the polls, and while the overarching events of the political conventions are in progress, Hawk and the rest of the “button gang” sell their buttons first to Democrats in Atlanta, then Republicans in New Orleans. They sell, as always, ...
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Overview

Button Man is a gritty, disturbing, and wildly comic story of street vendors, small-time gambling, big-time thugs, and long-shot love.

It’s the hot summer of 1988. Michael Dukakis leads the elder George Bush in the polls, and while the overarching events of the political conventions are in progress, Hawk and the rest of the “button gang” sell their buttons first to Democrats in Atlanta, then Republicans in New Orleans. They sell, as always, to either side of any persuasion, offering a unique underview of the American political process, amoral hucksterism, and a kind of grubby capitalism.
Hawk is a sausage vendor and a gambler - canny, streetwise, full of hungers and debt, beset by loansharks and his girlfriend’s Ginsu-wielding ex-husband. His story explores trust - and trust betrayed; the ethics of the street - and ethics compromised. His story is that of an edgy outsider’s struggles for survival, solvency, and love.
Lyons draws an unflinching bead on a world rarely seen. Button Man is reminiscent, in its unnerving violence and biting wit, of the worlds of Elmore Leonard, Nathaniel West, William Kennedy, and
Quentin Tarantino.
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Sprawling account of a small-time gambler who hustles his way through the long, hot summer of 1988. Like all gamblers, Hawk thinks he can beat the odds and refuses to learn when experience teaches otherwise. Now more than ten grand in debt to loan shark Armand, Hawk still thinks he can clear the books when his number comes in. He's had big ambitions ever since he met Sammy, an old-school New York hustler who showed him one election year how he could make more money hawking campaign buttons in a day that he made as a pizza boy in a whole week. That was during the Nixon administration, and now Hawk is heading down to Atlanta for the convention that's going to nominate Michael Dukakis. He's under the gun, all right: Armand's goon, Mr. Skinhead, has already cut off one of Hawk's toes, with a promise of more to come if he misses his next payment. But there's positive encouragement too, in the form of his new girlfriend Carla, a nubile neon-sign artist with a quick wit and a little girl from her old marriage. Hawk is still deep in the red after Atlanta, so he looks to the Republican convention in New Orleans to make up the difference. Meanwhile, Carla's sleazy ex-husband Nelson has found out about her affair with Hawk and has begun stalking her. And Hawk's old mentor Sammy is in the hospital for heart surgery. So Hawk has plenty of worries beside his own. After the convention, all the loose ends of Hawk's life come back together in New York, where a gangland battle in one stroke solves most of his problems-but not all. A nice portrait of life on the make, with a genuine, gritty feel and some memorable characters, but Lyons (Going for Broke, 1991, etc.) tries to put in a bit too much 1980shistory, and the story rambles more than it needs to.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592284092
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Lyons is the author of two previous novels, Table Legs and Going for Broke, and editor of The Quotable Gambler, The Greatest Gambling Stories Ever Told, (page 71) and Owen Chase's Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex. His work has appeared in American Literature, Studies in Modern Fiction, The Minnesota Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere. Lyons grew up in New York City and is now associate professor of English at the University of Hawaii.
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    Picture of Life Behind the Boards

    Behind the button boards of street vendors, that is. Life is pretty basic when you're selling on the streets. Money arrives in sporadic spurts, depending on the event. Unfortunately, the main man gets most of it. Add to this a bad gambling habit, and the button man isn't going to last long. As a former New York resident, Lyons does a good job of giving the reader some sense of this chaotic life surrounded by other suspicious, untrusting, but interesting characters. The protagonist only leaves his nowhere lifestyle when forced to, leaving the reader with the sense that he just might make it operating on his own in the future - or not.

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