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"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

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"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

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"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

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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)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679446743
Author:
McGuane, Thomas
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
McGuane, Thomas
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Family-owned business enterprises
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
71
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
237 p.
Dimensions:
8.46x6.00x1.07 in. .98 lbs.

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Product details 237 p. pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780679446743 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Peopled with quirky, humorous, and sometimes downright dangerous characters, this novel is absorbing, meaningful, and brilliantly written."
"Review" by , 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." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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