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Waveland
Waveland | Frederick Barthelme
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Set amidst the tatters of post-Katrina Gulf Coast Mississippi, Waveland is a brilliantly observed portrait of our times from one of the most incisive novelists at work today. Partially retired architect Vaughn Williams does what he can to remain "viable." Battling the doldrums of midlife, he teaches an occasional class, reads the newspapers, scours the Internet, and thinks obsessively about his late father. When his ex-wife seeks refuge from her hotheaded boyfriend, Vaughn and his girlfriend, Greta, agree to let her move in, perhaps a little too cavalierly. Add in Vaughans annoyingly successful younger brother, who carries a torch for Vaughns ex-wife, and lingering suspicions about Gretas involvement in her husbands murder and the result is an emotionally resonant tale of mortality, love, regret, and redemption that only Barthelme could unwind. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Christopher_Tallon
Waveland | Frederick Barthelme
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This is a very interesting book. It's about people who are rebuilding their lives in post-Katrina New Orleans. They have to deal with the wreckage of the storm, but they have their own sh*t going on too. Recovering from the storm is weaved into a metaphor for how to get over in life. It's not my usual kind of stuff, but I really liked it.