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By Gilbert Sorrentino

During this outstanding novel composed of fragments of reminiscence, Gilbert Sorrentino captures the novel nuances of a traditional global. A masterful college of occasions is evocatively chained jointly through secrets and techniques and hidden truths which are nearly by accident printed. every one episode, affectingly textured with penetrating aspect, ferrets out the gristle and unconventional attractiveness present in the voices of the working-class population from an irretrievable, golden age Brooklyn.

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They were, in fact, paintings rendered in wool, acting as the background for some wry saying. Pickett withdrew the intricately worked pillow from the bag, wordlessly exclaiming at its beauty. “Plus je vois …” Pickett read haltingly as she traced the stylized cream-and-white letters worked into a motif of leaves. ” Lyle nodded, managing to look both shyly pleased and mischievous. ” Pickett narrowed her eyes in suspicion. “What does it say? ” Lyle’s grin widened. ’” 2/18/08 10:35 AM Page 42 2/18/08 10:35 AM Page 43 FOUR J ax stared at the fast-moving clouds streaming toward the island and the ocean awash with foam from almost-continuous breakers, and considered his options.

We haven’t been together ten minutes and already we’re squabbling like—” “Like sisters,” finished Lyle. “But not like you. You never tell either of our oh-so-conventional sisters to get off your back, even though sometimes you should. ” I’m a daydreaming idiot who needs to get her feet back on the ground. ” Knowing she wasn’t telling the truth, Pickett pushed away the wistfulness that threatened to engulf her. She and Lyle had never talked about their love lives. Pickett because she didn’t have one; Lyle because she’d been trying to keep her sexual orientation a secret.

The air on the deck seemed even warmer and more humid than before the sun had set. He hunkered down beside the hose, and turned on the water. Tucking the phone in the crook of his neck, he rinsed one arm, then the other. Had he been far enough from the spill of light from the great room, he would have stripped and stepped naked under the outdoor shower. “We’ve been over this before. I paid Danielle alimony as well as child support. Why shouldn’t I pay Lauren a living allowance? ” What the hell.

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