Synopses & Reviews
Martin, in the middle of a divorce, is seeking solace. Flying off to the neon-lit south Florida coastline, he settles in for some rest and rehabilitation with his soon-to-be ex-sister-in-law. Martin quickly settles into her bed too, creating a situation that is bound for trouble especially when his ex-wife also appears on the scene. Cautiously, the threesome try to sort things out, engaging in varied rituals of mating, hating, forgetting, and forgiving. A funny and unforgettable novel about friends, family, and the kind of quirky, complicated relationships that will keep readers rapt through the final pages.
"A searing, startling and honest piece of work." Boston Globe
"Tracer is stylistically lean and hungry, shrewd in observation, full of brittle dialogue and dry wit....This is a book with afterburn."
"Frederick Barthelme is doing for the '80s what Raymond Chandler did for the '30s. He does for the 7Eleven what Edward Hopper did for the all-night diner." Baltimore Sun
Set in a seedy beach-front motel, this is the story of Martin, a newly divorced man who seeks solace in a visit to his former sister-in-law, a relationship that quickly becomes a complicated affair, especially when his ex-wife shows up.
About the Author
Barthelme directs the writing program at the University of Southern Mississippi and edits Mississippi Review.