Mystery Ride: A Novelby Robert Boswell
Author Biography: Robert Boswell is the author of the acclaimed books Dancing in the Movies, Crooked
A thoughtful, funny, and penetrating portrait of a modern American family that explores the breaches and bonds between husbands and wives, parents and childrenand introduces one of the most incorrigible and affecting teenagers since Holden Caulfield.
Author Biography: Robert Boswell is the author of the acclaimed books Dancing in the Movies, Crooked Hearts, The Geography of Desire, Mystery Ride  and Living to be a Hundred. He is the recipient of many awards for his work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Felloship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Iowa School of Letters Award for short fiction. He lives with his wife, the writer Antonya Nelson, and their children in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Telluride, Colorado.
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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- 6.58(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.25(d)
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I purchased this book about 14 years ago and never got around to reading it, until last week. I really liked it. It lacks the oppressive 'self-consciousness' of more recent acclaimed novels, and treats serious topics without taking itself too seriously. I found it odd that cows on the farm were named 'Gina' and 'Sylvia,' while the two main characters name their daughter 'Dulcie.' Dulcie sounds like a cow-name to me! Maybe there's something to this...Dulcie is a fascinating girl, sometimes inhumane and 'animal,' but always interesting. The animals in the story are portrayed as a vital part of our emotional and even spiritual landscape. Disparate personalities and values respect each other in this novel. The story ends with a sense of acceptance without being wrapped up artificially. Looking forward to finding more of this author's work.
Although it has been a while since I have read this book, I often recommend it to my friends. This is a story about real people, written so vividly that you feel as if you know the characters personally. When I finished reading it I wished there had been more! If anyone has ever had the feeling of having your dreams just out of reach then you will relate to this well told story. I am a fan of Robert Boswell's work, and Mystery Ride is my favorite!