The Garden State by Gary Krist lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Gary Krists turf is New Jersey. His characters are families fathers, mothers, children, grandmothers, caught in the pains of divorce, remarriage, growing up, and Alzheimers.
There is Josh, a 17-year-old who juggles relations between his stylish Teaneck real estate agent mother, the mothers garage mechanic husband who once tried to tip his dentist, and his father, a gentle man with ambiguous sexual desires. There is Mark, a high-school student whose first free-lance writing assignment is a eulogy for one Louella Schwartzkopf, who lived the last ten years of her life with Rose, a much-hated parrot, at a retirement home in Engle-wood. And there is Ralph, defiantly attached to his 82-year-old grandmother, who lives in the familys refinished basement and sends Ralph out every day to buy a quart of milk to add to her growing collection. All this to the noise of traffic on Route 4, which if you have the right ears almost sounds like a brook in the backyard. Wisely, deftly, wittily, Krist captures the rough texture of life and of reaching for love. A major young talent.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly tanned on the reverse. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Green Spine Strip with Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
178 pages. 8½” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Short Stories category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…