Seaview: A Novel

Seaview: A Novel

by Toby Olson
     
 

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The action of Toby Olson’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Seaview sweeps eastward, following three men and two women across a wasted American continent to an apocalyptic confrontation on Cape Cod. Melinda hopes to reach the seaside where she was born before she dies of cancer. Allen, her husband, earns their way back by golf hustling, working the links

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The action of Toby Olson’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Seaview sweeps eastward, following three men and two women across a wasted American continent to an apocalyptic confrontation on Cape Cod. Melinda hopes to reach the seaside where she was born before she dies of cancer. Allen, her husband, earns their way back by golf hustling, working the links en route. Outside of Tucson, the two meet up with a Pima Indian also headed toward the Cape to help a distant relative who has claims on a golf course there that is laid out on tribal grounds. Throughout the journey, Allen knows he is being stalked by a former friend, Richard, a drug-pusher whom he has crossed and who is now determined to murder him. The tortured lives of Richard and his wife Gerry stand as a dream of what might have become of Allen and Melinda had things been otherwise. The lines that draw these people together converge at Seaview Links, and on the mad battlefield that this golf course becomes, the novel reaches its complex ending. Seaview’s vibrant language and fateful plot make this study of an America on the edge an unforgettable read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983850410
Publisher:
Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/21/2011
Series:
Rediscovery
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
316
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Toby Olson has published eight novels, the most recent of which, The Blond Box, appeared from Fiction Collective-2 in 2003, and numerous books of poetry, including Human Nature (New Directions). A new novel, The Bitter Half, is forthcoming. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, Olson’s novel Seaview received the PEN/Faulkner award for The Most Distinguished Work of American Fiction in 1983. Toby Olson lives in Philadelphia and in North Truro, on Cape Cod.

Robert Coover teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University. Coover's first novel was The Origin of the Brunists. The Public Burning, his most well-known work, looks at the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg through the lens of magical realism. His later works include: Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears, the theme anthology A Night at the Movies and Pinocchio in Venice. Coover helped found the Electronic Literature Organization.

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