I'll Let You Go: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 20, 2012 - Fiction - 576 pages
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"[Wagner] slices open the self-satisfied bosom of Los Angeles yet again in his third novel, a sprawling family saga that trades the usual mush-mouthed sentimentalities for cascading shards of knife-edged vignettes. A masterful, modern-day fantasy of millionaires and madmen, fathers and sons, reality and dreams."
--Kirkus Reviews

Bruce Wagner’s I’m Losing You was hailed as "outrageous -- dead-on in every way" by Janet Maslin in The New York Times. New York magazine’s Walter Kirn called it "the year’s best book." And John Updike, in The New Yorker, wrote that Bruce Wagner "writes like a wizard." In I’ll Let You Go, Wagner offers a stunning novel that surpasses anything he’s done before.

Twelve-year-old Toulouse "Tull" Trotter lives on his grandfather’s vast Bel-Air parkland estate with his mother, the beautiful, drug-addicted Katrina, a landscape artist who specializes in topiary laby-rinths. He spends most of his time with his young cousins Lucy, the girl detective, and Edward, a prodigy undaunted by the disfiguring effects of Apert Syndrome. One day, an impulsive revelation from Lucy sets in motion a chain of events that changes Tull -- and the Trotter family -- forever.

Though the story unfolds in contemporary Los Angeles, the reader hears echoes of Proust and 1,001 Nights as Toulouse seeks his lost father, a woman finds her lost love, and a family of unimaginable wealth learns that its fate is tied to those of the orphan Amaryllis (who officially aspires to be a saint) and her protector, a courtly giant of a homeless schizophrenic -- both of them on the run from the law. Along a path shaded by murder and mysticism, we meet such unforgettable characters as Fitzsimmons, a deranged former social worker; the enterprising Monasterio family of servants (Candelaria, Epitacio, and Eulogio); "Someone-Help-Me", a streetwise devil; and Pullman, a seemingly ageless Great Dane.

Complexly wrought, deeply moving, and scathingly ironic, I'll Let You Go dazzles the reader with the unique blend of gorgeous prose, acerbic wit, and deep emotion that are the specific province of Bruce Wagner.


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I'LL LET YOU GO

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The author of I'm Losing You (1996) slices open the self-satisfied bosom of Los Angeles yet again in his third novel, a sprawling family saga that trades the usual mush-mouthed sentimentalities for ... Read full review

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User Review  - shobhana - LibraryThing

this is the best novel i've read in a decade or more! it's a charming story about an eccentric group of kids and their families living (and dying) in los angeles. it wavers between gritty and ... Read full review

Contents

Born Toulouse
4
The Labyrinth
20
A Lucy Trotter Mystery
33
Song of the Orphan Girl
64
Shelter
78
The Well
86
Imaginary Prisons
132
Little Girl Lost
144
Awakening
357
Thanksgivings
367
Phantoms and Convocations
379
Worries and Wrinkles
400
An Epistolary Homecoming
411
Words Alone
422
Close to Home
437
Termination of Parental Rights
447

Gatherings
150
The Disorderly World
255
The Book of Hours
261
Doggish Days
301
Harvest
312
An Early Winter
315
Probable Cause
324
Reunions
333
Twin Towers
342
Forgotten Prayers
458
The Wheel
472
Aftershocks
486
PiedaTerre
494
Misery House
504
Restless
514
At the End of the Day
528
Coda
539
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About the author (2012)

Bruce Wagner is the author of the novels Force Majeure and I’m Losing You. He recently wrote and directed Women in Film, adapted from his novel I'm Losing You. Women in Film was shown at the Sundance and Venice film festivals in 2001. He lives in Los Angeles.


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