Fat City

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University of California Press, 1996 - Fiction - 183 pages
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"The book reveals a vision of a whole stratum of American life which up to now has been more often sentimentalized, exploited, patronized and feared by even those writers who come from it and know it best. . . . The pathetic and yet not ignoble hopes of the boxers, the dead weight of pointless labor, the fragile wisps of feeling fluttering mothlike around people too timid to love and too lonely not to try."--Frank Conroy
"He has got it exactly right--the hanging around gas stations, the field dust, the relentless oppressiveness of the weather, the bleak liaisons sealed on levees and Greyhound buses. . . ."Fat City" affected me more than any new fiction I've read in a long while."--Joan Didion
 

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LJ's reviewer found this "sordid saga of cheap hotels, cheap women, cheap dreams, and little or no fulfillment" to be "expertly written" (LJ 9/1/69). The plot finds palooka Billy Tully teaming up with a young would-be fighter who is destined to follow in Tully's footsteps. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
18
Section 4
23
Section 5
28
Section 6
31
Section 7
46
Section 8
52
Section 9
78
Section 10
157
Section 11
169
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About the author (1996)

Leonard Gardner was born in Stockton. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, Southwest Review, and other magazines. His screen adaptation of Fat City was made into a film by John Huston. A Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in northern California.

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