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Providence
     

Providence

by Geoffrey Wolff
 
Providence is fast-paced, taut, and absolutely accurate in its portrayal of small-city life from the top to the very lowest depths. It is also a moving, penetrating novel--as hilarious as it is tragic--about love and corruption, about revenge and dignity and death. Wolff is the author of The Duke of Deception.

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Providence is fast-paced, taut, and absolutely accurate in its portrayal of small-city life from the top to the very lowest depths. It is also a moving, penetrating novel--as hilarious as it is tragic--about love and corruption, about revenge and dignity and death. Wolff is the author of The Duke of Deception.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In The Final Club , student Nathaniel Clay experiences the dark side of 1950s Princeton after he is blackballed by the school's prestigious eating clubs. PW called this ironic novel ``emotionally and sociologically accurate . . . a work that combines nostalgia and cynicism to powerful effect.'' Wolff's earlier book, Providence , is the often violent tale of Rhode Island criminal lawyer Adam Dwyer. Here, the ``setting and characters come alive in a way that may shock and frighten some readers; all but the very squeamish will be entertained.'' (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This black, bleak comedy tells of parallel lives in Providence, R.I. The Dwyers are middle-class, settled, safe in their lives until the day that Adam, a lawyer, finds out he's going to die of leukemia. Skippy, Babe, and Lisa are young sociopaths on the lookout for fun and fortune. When the lives of these two ``families'' cross, no one survives without trauma. The result is a diverting gallery of grotesques and grotesqueries, a litany of sex, perversion, violence, crime, and corruption. Providence is a fairy tale with no Good Fairy. Virtue ensures no reward; neither merit nor normal precaution provides sufficient protection to the unfortunate Dwyers. This novel is breezy and entertaining, enjoyable even though it depicts a world that is chilling in the indifference it shows toward ordinary people's cares and concerns. BOMC alternate. David Keymer, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Utica

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679732778
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/25/1991
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage contemporaries ed
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.67(d)

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