A Great Place to Die: A Novel

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University Press of New England, 1997 - Fiction - 161 pages
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Along the way we meet characters mythic and mysterious, all seeking something and few finding it. Chief among them is the Hitchhiker, alias William Cutshall, a drifter-qua-philosopher whom Charles picks up in Massachusetts and whose tale he spins for Garth. Cutshall is searching for his son, long ago given up for adoption, and in his account of that search we meet his wife, Carol, a self-proclaimed earth mother who abandons both husband and child to become the weirdly pantheistic "Our Lady of the Stones." There's also Marty, the liar, cheat, and thief who "knew the demon"; Julio and Xavier, two unflappable and highly suspect "outrageous works of art"; the barmaid Connie, a "cosmic gossip, out to save the world from its incorrect display of emotions"; and a cavalcade of drug dealers, gamblers, believers, and nonbelievers. The Hitchhiker's own loss makes him see loss everywhere.

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Carousing at the Black Dog Inn, Charles recounts to a friend the recent events of his life--an "endless soap opera" now centered on his chance meeting with hitchhiker William Cutshall, who weaves a ... Read full review


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