Brothers and sisters -- Fiction. Mentally ill -- Fiction. Farm life -- Fiction. Vermont -- Fiction. Brothers and sisters Fiction Domestic fiction Farm life Fiction Mentally ill Fiction Psychological fiction Vermont Fiction
Knopf : Distributed by Random House
ill. ; 22 cm. Also issued online. John Gardner ; illustrated by Elaine Raphael and Don Bolognese. Book
LC: PZ4.G23117; PS3557.A712; Dewey: 813/.5/4
ISBN: 0394499123; 9780394499123 LCCN: 76-13718
James Page is a crusty old Vermonter who blasts his TV with a shotgun and locks his 80-year old sister, Sally, in her bedroom. While imprisoned there, she finds and reads a cheap paperback thriller about marijuana smugglers in Mexico (actually written by Gardner and his first wife, Joan). The two stories are then woven together with considerable leaps of time and missing pages in the thriller. At times, Gardner wanders around in philosophy la-la land, while at other times he can write the most surreal and beautiful poetic prose about nature, and at still other times he can portray the emotional torture endured by James and eventual redemption of his humane spirit.