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Ablutions: Notes for a Novel

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In a famous but declining Hollywood bar works A Barman. Morbidly amused by the decadent decay of his surroundings, he watches the patrons fall into their nightly oblivion, making notes for his novel. In the hope of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with the cast of variously pathological regulars.

But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to serve himself more often than his customers, and the moments he lives outside the bar become more and more painful: he loses his wife, his way, himself. Trapped by his habits and his loneliness, he realizes he will not survive if he doesn't break free. And so he hatches a terrible, necessary plan of escape and his only chance for redemption.

Step into Ablutions and step behind the bar, below rock bottom, and beyond the everyday take on storytelling for a brilliant, new twist on the classic tale of addiction and its consequences.

Synopsis:

Working at a decaying Hollywood bar while making notes for the novel he hopes to write, a bartender uncovers the secrets and motives of his troubled patrons, only to be drawn into the alcoholic oblivion that affects his customers, losing his wife, his goals, and himself in the process, until he comes up with a terrible way to break free of his life.

About the Author

Patrick deWitt is also the author of the Booker shortlisted novel The Sisters Brothers. He was born in 1975 on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and has also lived in California, Washington, and Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and son. He has worked as a laborer, a clerk, a dishwasher, and a bartender. Ablutions is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547488608
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
General
Author:
DeWitt, Patrick
Subject:
Alcoholics
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Pacific Northwest-Literature Folklore and Memoirs
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : General
Publication Date:
April 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
176

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Ablutions: Notes for a Novel
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"Synopsis" by , Working at a decaying Hollywood bar while making notes for the novel he hopes to write, a bartender uncovers the secrets and motives of his troubled patrons, only to be drawn into the alcoholic oblivion that affects his customers, losing his wife, his goals, and himself in the process, until he comes up with a terrible way to break free of his life.
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