The Handyman

The Handyman

by Carolyn See
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The Handyman by Carolyn See

With this brilliant novel about the surprises of destiny and the origins of fame, the critically acclaimed author of Golden Days ("Extraordinary . . . a very, very important book"-Los Angeles Times Book Review) and Making History ("Radiant . . . exciting and imaginative"-Cleveland Plain Dealer) firmly establishes her place as one of the preeminent chroniclers of our times.
The Handyman is the story of Bob Hampton, an aspiring young painter who has had to face the humbling fact that he doesn't know what to paint.  And how are you supposed to be an artist in this world if you don't have a vision? Bob trades in his artist's palette for a minivan full of house paints, hammers, and nails, and sets about earning a little cash as a handyman.
Although he turns out to be very bad at fixing the things he's hired to fix, Bob demonstrates quite a knack for fixing the lives of the people around him. In the midst of his jerry-built repairs and inspired home improvements, Bob meets an extraordinary cast of characters—rendered in all their delightful eccentricity and human frailty as only Carolyn See can-each of whom shows Bob the true scope of his own remarkable talent. There's Angela Landry, a housewife with far too much time on her hands, a sexpot of a stepdaughter, and a son in need of  attention; Jamie Walker, whose allergy-prone and ADD-afflicted children keep a menagerie of scaly pets that far exceed Jamie's managerial skills; Valerie LeClerc, older, sadder, and certainly wiser than Bob; and Hank and Ben, who leave a narrow-minded Midwest only to find unremitting illness andisolation in the California of their dreams.
Replete with stunning images and all of Carolyn See's trademark humor and wisdom, The Handyman depicts the countless ways in which our lives are intertwined and the profound effects we can have on one another. It is the kind of surprising and miraculously uplifting novel we have come to expect from the woman Diane Johnson has called "one of our most important writers."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786220786
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 08/17/1999
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 345
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Carolyn See is the author of nine books. She is the Friday-morning reviewer for The Washington Post, and she has been on the boards of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN/West International. She has won both Guggenheim and Getty fellowships and currently teaches English at UCLA. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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The Handyman 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loves-2-read-in-CA More than 1 year ago
My book club chose this book and I am very disappointed. I think the story is shallow and I do not care about any of the characters. I would read almost anything else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was adequate but I was disappointed. The characters were just not very well developed and I didnt really care about any of them, including the main character. The dialogue was not that well written. There was no complexity, everyone was portrayed in a very simplistic way without any depth. Disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read Carolyn See's 'Making a Literary Life,' which was amazingly funny, honest, instructive, and touching. Then I picked up 'The Handyman' and was amazed by the story's flow, the characters, the humor, the emotional pull of the narrative. I even read it outloud to myself. The language is simple, but quite affective. Just marvelous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read all year. It touched me, made me realize that our calling in life is not right under our noses but deep in our souls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Best book of 1999. Robert Hampton is a modern-day messiah.