Nixoncarver: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 15, 1998 - Fiction - 178 pages
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What would happen if celebrated writer Raymond Carver and legendary political animal Richard Nixon just happened to meet while walking along a California beach? And what would happen if they became - gasp! - friends? "Nixoncarver," that's what. In a brilliantly imagined story, we read about Tricky Dick's tormented childhood and Carver's existential angst. Imagine a black-suited Richard Nixon nestled into a leather reading chair, his back to a view of the Pacific, as he scribbles frantically on a yellow legal pad. Now picture, across the room, a puffy Ray Carver seated at his typewriter in his straight-backed chair, a pillow beneath him to ease his swelling hemorrhoids. Has this scene really happened? No. Could it have? Read "Nixoncarver" and make the call.

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It is difficult to believe that this is Maxwell's first published novel, so accomplished is it. From the fantasy of the chance meeting of celebrated poet Raymond Carver, dying of cancer, and Richard ... Read full review

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Mark is a high school teacher.

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