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Niagara Falls All Over Again


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Elizabeth McCracken's epigraph to her stunning second novel, Niagara Falls All Over Again, is a line from Atoll K, Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel's last movie, made in 1950. Hardy says to Laurel, "Haven't I always taken care of you? You're the first one I think of." This line, in its poignant simplicity, is the echo heard throughout Niagara Falls, as comedy team Carter and Sharp traverse ten years of vaudeville, move on to radio and Broadway, and finally graduate to making movies in Hollywood. Narrator Mose Carter is the straight man to Rocky Sharp — a lean, pragmatic Abbott to Sharp's bumbling, plump Costello. Their path to success is littered, inevitably, with tragedy, but McCracken traces this frequently problematic relationship with her customary inventiveness, sharp wit, and delicate heart. McCracken has always displayed a keen eye for mismatched love stories. Her first novel, The Giant's House, and her collection of stories, Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry?, open the reader up to the vagaries and truths behind some of the oddest couplings. Niagara Falls All Over Again is fabulous entertainment, for McCracken drives an action-packed plot with the power of a locomotive. But it is her human portraits and the way she paints the pain and pleasure of relationships that show her for the master she is. McCracken is a beautiful writer. Her characters are sympathetic because she translates human frailty with such honesty that we have no choice but to recognize the same qualities in ourselves. Georgie,

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By turns graceful and knowing, funny and moving, Niagara Falls All Over Again is the latest masterwork by National Book Award finalist and

About the Author

Elizabeth McCracken is the recipient of the Harold Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Michener Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also honored as one of Granta's 20 Best American Writers Under 40. In addition to The Giant?s House, she is the author of Here?s Your Hat, What?s Your Hurry.

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McCracken, Elizabeth
Dial Press
New York
Psychological fiction
Male friendship
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308 p.
9.54x6.52x1.12 in. 1.27 lbs.

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