Fat city

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Vintage Books, 1986 - Fiction - 183 pages
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Originally published in 1969, "Fat City" is an American classic whose stature has increased over the years. Made into an acclaimed film by John Huston, the book is set in and around Stockton, California.

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

Emotionally raw and honest to a degree I did not expect from a "boxing novel". It switches between uncomfortably described grit and obliquely structured parables, and the overall effect is almost musical, like hearing jazz that doesn't fit the chorus-solo form you expect. Read full review

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User Review  - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing

Rock meets bottom in this visceral tale of boxers, young and old, making it or failing to at the edge of possibility. Billy Tully is washed up at 29. Divorced and reduced to day crop work in the ... Read full review


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About the author (1986)

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.