One Sweet Quarrel

Overview

In her dazzling second novel, Deirdre McNamer uses an enigmatic and haunting narrative voice - one that recalls the narrators in Toni Morrison's Jazz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera - to limn a story of three siblings who venture from their muffled turn-of-the-century Midwestern childhoods into the heedless twenties. Daisy Lou Malone strikes out for a singing career in New York City. Carlton Malone becomes a hard-drinking hustler on his home turf, while Jerry Malone, lured by the promise ...
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Overview

In her dazzling second novel, Deirdre McNamer uses an enigmatic and haunting narrative voice - one that recalls the narrators in Toni Morrison's Jazz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera - to limn a story of three siblings who venture from their muffled turn-of-the-century Midwestern childhoods into the heedless twenties. Daisy Lou Malone strikes out for a singing career in New York City. Carlton Malone becomes a hard-drinking hustler on his home turf, while Jerry Malone, lured by the promise of free land, joins other unlikely homesteaders in northern Montana, where the most extravagant dreams can be had for the asking and the most modest hopes can be dashed in a season. Jerry's inept farming ventures are ruined by the reality of drought and hail. He and his young wife, oddly relieved, move to town and make plans to move farther west - to Seattle. The discovery of oil beneath the scraped prairie halts them in their tracks. Jerry's gusher dreams are vivid, though less entrancing to him than the idea of the subterranean - the buried horizons, the "formation" - and the dizzying luck attached to the buying and selling of land. When the oil activity begins to gutter - like Daisy's singing career and Carlton's entire life - Jerry and other local boosters, dreaming of tigers in red weather, decide to stage, in tiny Shelby, Montana (population: 1,000), the heavyweight boxing championship of the world. Incredibly, the town raises almost $300,000 and Jack Dempsey comes to town to battle Tommy Gibbons. Daisy Lou Malone arrives at the same time, and when she and Jerry - minor characters on a large stage - emerge from the enormous wooden arena on the prairie after the historical fight, their lives are permanently altered. McNamer's new novel, ambitious and stunning, conjures up the look and feel of the twenties, both urban and frontier. Moreover, it offers a version of the West - one of fedoras and flivvers and city boys and girls plunked down on the pra
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Editorial Reviews

Larry Watson
In most lives, nothing much happens. We are born, we struggle to live and love, we age...that so many manage to write with dignity and good humor is a good thing. To capture it in breathtaking and luminous prose, as Deirdre McNamer has done, is all the more remarkable. -- The Los Angeles Times Book Review
Nick Paumgarten
This evocative tale, at once both broadly historical and deeply personal, underlines pioneer myth just as deftly as it examines these shattered pioneers. -- The San Francisco Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480531611
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/28/2013
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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