The Spectator Bird

By | January 12, 2018
The Spectator Bird Author Wallace Stegner
ISBN-10 052543187X
ISBN-13 9780525431879
Year 2017-03-21
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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This tour de force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound intimate affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West Joe Allston is a cantankerous retired literary agent who is in his own words just killing time until time gets around to killing me His parents and his only son are long dead leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants tradition nor ties His job trafficking the talent of others has not been his choice He has passed through life as a spectator before retreating to the woods of California in the 1970s with only his wife Ruth by his side When an unexpected postcard from a long lost friend arrives Allston returns to the journals of a trip he has taken years before a journey to his mother s birthplace where he once sought a link with his past Uncovering this history floods Allston with memories both grotesque and poignant and finally vindicates him of his past and lays bare that Joe Allston has never been quite spectator enough

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