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The Cadence of Grassby Thomas Mcguane
Synopses & Reviews
"Novelist and essay-writer McGuane assembles a large cast for a small but satisfying story....These awfully stretched story lines wander perilously close to Florida baroque, but McGuane always knows when to back off....Exhilarating: like a good run in bad weather." Kirkus Reviews
"On the surface, McGuane's prose is all moral unflappability, but underneath there's clearly a nostalgia for a less self-indulgent culture, one in which people kept to their (preferably stoic) codes." Publishers Weekly
"Peopled with quirky, humorous, and sometimes downright dangerous characters, this novel is absorbing, meaningful, and brilliantly written." Jim Coan, SUNY Coll. at Oneonta, Library Journal
I enjoyed Thomas McGuane's The Cadence of Grass so little ? in fact, I disliked it so much ? that after finishing it, I immediately reread The Sporting Club, his first novel, to see what had gone wrong. Nothing. McGuane hasn't changed. His men are still vacant, voiceless boys; McGwomen are still a little less rough and a whole lot more needy; the prose is lean and clean, a telegraph from the land of that Big Sky Between the Ears....Lonesome Cowboy Tom can write. The problem isn't him, it's me. I need more nourishment, something to cheer for other than the wind and arrested development." Scott Raab, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)
In a masterpiece of savage comedy, the author of the bestselling "Nothing But Blue Skies" writes of the perverse Whitelaw patriarch, a man who exerts his control, even in death, by means of a will that binds the family fortune to a failing marriage.
About the Author
Thomas McGuane is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, including The Sporting Club; The Bushwacked Piano, which won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Ninety-Two in the Shade, which was nominated for the National Book Award; Panama; Nobody's Angel; Something to be Desired; Keep the Change; and Nothing But Blue Skies. He has also written To Skin a Cat, a collection of short stories; An Outside Chance and Some Horses, collections of essays on sport and horsemanship, respectively; and The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing. His books have been published in ten languages. He was born in Michigan and educated at Michigan State University, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale School of Drama and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. An ardent conservationist, he is a director of American Rivers and of the Craighead Wildlife-Wildlands Institute. He lives with his family on a 10,000-acre ranch in Sweet Grass County, Montana.
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