The Last Picture Show: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 1, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lonesome Dove comes a powerful coming-of-age novel set in the American West. In Thalia, Texas, Larry McMurtry epitomizes small-town America and through characters reintroduced in Texasville and Duane’s Depressed, captures the ecstasy and heartbreak of adolescence.

The Last Picture Show is one of Larry McMurtry's most memorable novels, and the basis for the enormously popular movie of the same name. Set in a small, dusty, Texas town, The Last Picture Show introduced the characters of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny: teenagers stumbling toward adulthood, discovering the beguiling mysteries of sex and the even more baffling mysteries of love. Populated by a wonderful cast of eccentrics and animated by McMurtry's wry and raucous humor, The Last Picture Show is a wild, heartbreaking, and poignant novel that resonates with the magical passion of youth.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

Well, I didn't think this book was as good as McMurtry's later writing. Even though it is only 220 pages long I felt it dragged. Sonny is a senior in the Thalia High School when the book opens. He and ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriBooks - LibraryThing

Coming-of-age story set in a small Texas town in the 60s. If nothing else, it made me glad I grew up somewhere more lively. McMurtry portrays this environment clearly, but not sympathetically. I kept ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

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