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Publisher Comments:

A "fresh, funny first novel" (San Francisco Chronicle), Looking For Mo has garnered rave reviews from critics and readers alike, echoing the success of Daniel Duane's previous book, Caught Inside. This time Duane combines the thrill of adventure writing à la Jon Krakauer with a sly satire of pop culture comparable to Douglas Coupland's Generation X, and folds them into a wry and memorable story of one man's search for truth on the sheer rock face of Yosemite's El Capitan.

Raymond Connelly, a San Francisco would-be writer, is still living uneasily with his failure to climb "The Captain" with his childhood friend and alter ego, Mo Lehrman. As he circumnavigates his way through life on the edges of West Coast counterculture, trying to live like Mo's stories, which are more real than life itself, Ray lifts the best of those tales for his own book. But when he is accused of plagiarism, Ray suffers an attack of conscience, and sets off in search of Mo — to explain, and to make good by finishing their shared climb.

From the San Francisco performance-art world to a psychedelic vision at a Grateful Dead show, Ray's quest for self-discovery is both hilarious and emotionally fraught, climaxing in two men's true-to-life climb up the sheer slope of "The Captain." Looking For Mo is a moving, resonant exploration of the tenuous foundations of friendship and an investigation of the explosive power of storytelling.

Synopsis:

Now his friend Mo has wandered off to parts unknown, Ray Connelly is coming to terms with the fact that the two will never get to finish their ascent of El Capitan, the Notre Dame of the rock-climbing world. He's settling down, maybe even falling in love, and shopping his manuscript detailing his climbing adventures to publishers. But then Mo shows up, claiming that Ray has stolen his unwritten stories, and the two friends face off in the ultimate showdown.

About the Author

Daniel Duane is the author of Lighting Out: A Vision of California and the Mountains and Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Men's Journal, Outside, GQ, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The Village Voice. He lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671034832
Author:
Duane, Daniel
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Mountaineers
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
98-499
Publication Date:
19990601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.26x5.32x.66 in. .40 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Now his friend Mo has wandered off to parts unknown, Ray Connelly is coming to terms with the fact that the two will never get to finish their ascent of El Capitan, the Notre Dame of the rock-climbing world. He's settling down, maybe even falling in love, and shopping his manuscript detailing his climbing adventures to publishers. But then Mo shows up, claiming that Ray has stolen his unwritten stories, and the two friends face off in the ultimate showdown.
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