Panorama City

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Fiction - 292 pages
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This funny and wise novel reminds one that the best fiction often treads the subtle line between tragedy and comedy. With ears keenly tuned to the music of language, and a limpid mind slyly hidden behind a persistent soliloquist, Antoine Wilson has written an intricate novel that makes us laugh and cry. Yiyun Li
Oppen Porter, a self-described slow absorber, thinks he s dying. He s not, but from his hospital bed, he unspools into a cassette recorder a tale of self-determination, from village idiot to man of the world, for the benefit of his unborn son.
Written in an astonishingly charming and wise voice, Panorama City traces forty days and nights navigating the fast food joints, storefront churches, and home-office psychologists of the San Fernando Valley. Ping-ponging between his watchful and sharp-tongued aunt and an outlaw philosopher with the face of a newly hatched crocodile, Oppen finds himself constantly in the sights of people who believe that their way is the only way for him.
Open-hearted, bicycle-riding, binocular-toting Oppen Porter is an American original (Stewart O Nan) for whom finding one s own way is both a delightful art and a painstaking science. Disarmingly funny and surreptitiously moving, Panorama City makes us see the world, and our place in it, with new eyes.
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User Review  - ReidHC - LibraryThing

When one grows up insulated and with not much world experience, you would assume that the world will both be an oyster and possibly swallow that person whole at the same time. I personally can’t say ... Read full review

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User Review  - Capybara_99 - LibraryThing

The first person story of Oppen Porter, narrated as tapes to leave to his child before the child's birth, mostly telling the story of Open's time in the big city, "Panorama City." Oppen calls himself ... Read full review

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Contents

PART TWO
31
PART THREE
105
PART FOUR
179
PART FIVE
215
PART SIX
265
Back Matter
293
Back Flap
295
Back Cover
296
Spine
297
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About the author (2012)

ANTOINE WILSON is the author of the novel The Interloper and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a contributing editor of A Public Space and lives and surfs in Los Angeles. Visit www.antoinewilson.com .

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