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Something to Be Desired
     

Something to Be Desired

by Thomas McGuane
 

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In life Lucien Taylor has made several mistakes, but the two most grievous are as follows: leaving his wife and son to take up with his old flame, Emily; and putting up Emily's bail when she is arrested for murder. The upshot is that Lucien is left stranded in Montana, with a malodorous hot spring and a squandered sense of purpose. As told by Thomas McGuane, Lucien's

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In life Lucien Taylor has made several mistakes, but the two most grievous are as follows: leaving his wife and son to take up with his old flame, Emily; and putting up Emily's bail when she is arrested for murder. The upshot is that Lucien is left stranded in Montana, with a malodorous hot spring and a squandered sense of purpose. As told by Thomas McGuane, Lucien's attempt to recoup his losses makes for a funny, rueful, and beautifully rendered portrait of American manhood on the rocks--a book that says volumes about the lives of dogs and falcons, the yearnings of sons for fathers, and the skeptical truce that men and women sometimes reach when they get tired of fighting.


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Editorial Reviews

Robert Wilson
Vintage McGuane: the same strong, clear prose, the same sense of the comic and the absurd, the same romantic awe of women...funny, invigorating, thoughtful...it's as good as any novel I've read of his, including his manic The Bushwacked Piano. -- USA Today
Howard Mossinger
Nobody writes so well about the incongruities of modern western America...Something to be Desired is as invigorating as a fresh whiff of sage straight off Thomas McGuane's Montana uplands, and a welcome relief from the overly wrought and overly cautious of so many of his contemporaries. -- Chicago Tribune Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307822000
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/13/2012
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
188
Sales rank:
477,997
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas McGuane lives in McLeod, Montana. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of ten novels, three works of nonfiction, and three collections of stories.

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