Quaspeck: A Novel

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Mercury House, 1993 - Fiction - 339 pages
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In the early 1970s, cars are queuing up in gas lines, a crippling recession has set in, and people are calling Vietnam the first war America has lost. In a small town in upstate New York, a controversial resort complex is being planned for Quaspeck Lake, named for the Indians who lived there at a time of conflict with invading settlers.
The mountain lake becomes the setting for new conflicts as Carl, who has been squatting a house on the lake with his wife and sickly child, becomes threatened with eviction for the development. His father, a laid-off construction worker who has disowned Carl for draft dodging, can end his unemployment by working for the developer - and helping to raze his own son's home. Carl's younger sister, Cee, confused and disenchanted with college, becomes involved with the flamboyant Billy Gizzi, whose dangerous past returns not only to haunt him but also to threaten his life. Jason, the third child, rapes his girlfriend on a date and flees to New York City's gay underground, where he is pursued by Cee and Billy. As bulldozers converge upon the lake, Carl is forced to confront his father.
In this ambitious, multifaceted family saga, Eric Gabriel Lehman uses keen characterization and tongue-in-cheek wit to bring to life one family's evolving values, as both parents and children struggle with conflict, tragedy, and a world of bewildering change.

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It is the early Seventies in upstate New York. Dad's unemployed, asleep on the couch. Carl, the oldest, is an ex-hippie living on a mountaintop, protecting his house against encroaching developers ... Read full review


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Eric Gabriel Lehman is the author of two previous critically acclaimed novels - "Waterboys" and "Quaspeck" - and his stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies He is the winner the National Arts Club Award and the New Letters Literary Award for fiction. Born in New York, where he currently lives, he teaches at City College of New York.

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