Red Baker

Red Baker

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by Robert Ward
     
 

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When Red Baker, a Larnel steel worker in Baltimore, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy: boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future. Filled with unforgettable characters from Red's angry but loyal wife, Wanda; his basketball-star son, Ace; his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff; and Crystal, the go-go dancer at Lily's

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When Red Baker, a Larnel steel worker in Baltimore, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy: boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future. Filled with unforgettable characters from Red's angry but loyal wife, Wanda; his basketball-star son, Ace; his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff; and Crystal, the go-go dancer at Lily's bar who embodies Red's fantasies of escape. Red Baker is a classic American novel about a man with no identity who tries to replace the one he's lost.

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Ward won the 1985 PEN West Prize for this fanfare-for-the-common-man novel of our eponymous hero's crackup after loosing his job as a steel worker. Baker, a regular blue-collar Joe, descends into a sort of underworld of booze and strip clubs while trying to run away from himself. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780671617479
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
08/01/1986
Pages:
202

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