You Can't Go Home Again

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Harper Collins, Aug 5, 1998 - Fiction - 711 pages
George Webber has written a successful novel about his family and hometown. When he returns to that town he is shaken by the force of the outrage and hatred that greets him. Family and friends feel naked and exposed by the truths they have seen in his book, and their fury drives him from his home. He begins a search for his own identity that takes him to New York and a hectic social whirl; to Paris with an uninhibited group of expatriates; to Berlin, lying cold and sinister under Hitler's shadow. At last Webber returns to America and rediscovers it with love, sorrow, and hope.

"If there stills lingers and doubt as to Wolfe's right to a place among the immortals of American letters, this work should dispel it."
--Cleveland News

"Wolfe wrote as one inspired. No one of his generation had his command of language, his passion, his energy."
--The New Yorker

"You Can't Go Home Again will stand apart from everything else that he wrote because this is the book of a man who had come to terms with himself, who has something profoundly important to say."
--New York Times Book Review

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... I read this novel while in jail, enough said. Any while the it certainly raced and crawled, there is nothing I have ever read, in any form, that ever captured his knowing summary of humanity like his brilliant, insightful, awful and terrible, in it's truthfulness, than the section, "What is man?" I had read an insert prior to the read that said Wolfe had died young, tragically, had I not had that information, I would have expected his age to be well into 70's or 80's, and still would have considered that summary genus.  

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About the author (1998)

One of the most important American writers of his generation, Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) was born in Asheville, North Carolina. His other novels include Of Time and the River and Look Homeward, Angel.

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