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A hand reached down to guide me

Author: David Gates
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A woman moving calamitously into middle-age; a musician taking in a friend with terminal cancer; a failed actor moving to the country: cynical, unreliable, sinking into middle age or alcoholism, dealing with physical decline or mediocrity, Gates's characters are a dark reflection of our own urban and suburban lives. Terrifyingly self-aware, overcome by the burdens of the human condition, they find their impulses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
e-book [online only]
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Gates
ISBN: 9780385351546 0385351542 9781782831808 1782831800
OCLC Number: 906031010
Description: 1 online resource
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: David Gates.

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A woman moving calamitously into middle-age; a musician taking in a friend with terminal cancer; a failed actor moving to the country: cynical, unreliable, sinking into middle age or alcoholism, dealing with physical decline or mediocrity, Gates's characters are a dark reflection of our own urban and suburban lives. Terrifyingly self-aware, overcome by the burdens of the human condition, they find their impulses pulling them away from comfort into distraction or catastrophe. But wherever it is they're going - and sometimes it's nowhere fast - they won't go gently. Relentlessly inventive, by turns comical, caustic and tragic (and often all three together) but always moving, the novella and ten short stories which make up A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me reinforce David Gates as 'a true heir to both Raymond Carver and John Cheever.' (New York Magazine).

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Dark and funny, bleak and brilliant ... David Gates makes me sick with envy -- Nick Hornby David Gates is a wonderful writer. The stories in A Hand Reached down to Guide Me are fully realised, Read more...

 
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