The Chinchilla Farm: A Novel

The Chinchilla Farm: A Novel

by Judith Freeman
     
 

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"[A] touching picaresque journey through the deserts of the west and the landscape of memory."—Washington Post Book World
Verna Flake is fleeing Utah, a failed marriage (her husband has left her for a former beauty queen named Pinky), and the constricted yet reliable Mormon way of life. Seemingly naive but also gifted with an almost second sight for the

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"[A] touching picaresque journey through the deserts of the west and the landscape of memory."—Washington Post Book World
Verna Flake is fleeing Utah, a failed marriage (her husband has left her for a former beauty queen named Pinky), and the constricted yet reliable Mormon way of life. Seemingly naive but also gifted with an almost second sight for the emotional heart of things, Verna relates her adventures on the road, in Los Angeles, and eventually in Mexico, as she confronts her future and muses over her past. Reading group guide included.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The story of a middle-aged novelist troubled by encounters with a past lover and a young prostitute. (June)
Library Journal
This appealing novel follows the fortunes of thirtyish Verna Flake Fields, who lives an unremarkable life in a small Utah town until her husband walks out. Lacking cash, possessions, and any notable educational or social advantages, Verna quits her job at the bowling alley and heads for Los Angeles in search of better things. As she wanders, she retains her sense of place, grounded in affecting recollections of her large Mormon family. In the City of Angels she finds excitement and eventually fulfillment through offbeat adventures with a group of eccentrics that include a world-weary but attractive musicologist, a homeless park dweller, and a mercurial sister-in-law. Deft plotting, convincing dialogue, and memorable characters make this very satisfying. Recommended.-- Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324266
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/19/2003
Edition description:
First Norton Paperback Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,400,843
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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