Peckham's Marbles

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Putnam, 1986 - Fiction - 253 pages
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Earl Peckham, frustrated because his novel has sold only three copies, sets out for America's heartland to find the three readers who bought his book

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Peckham's marbles

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De Vries's fans will welcome his latest effort as a long-awaited letter from a wacky friend. Earl Peckham finds himself ignominiously checked into Dappled Shade, a stopping place for the happily ... Read full review


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Peter De Vries (1910-1993), the man responsible for contributing to the cultural vernacular such witticisms as "Nostalgia ain't what it used to be" and "Deep down, he's shallow," was, according to Kingsley Amis, "the funniest serious writer to be found on either side of the Atlantic." But De Vries's life and work was informed as much by sorrow as by wit, and that dynamic is nowhere better seen than in his classics" Slouching Towards Kalamazoo" and "The Blood of the Lamb." First published in 1982 and 1965, respectively, these novels reemerge with their sharp satire and biting pain undiluted by time.

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