Hamilton Stark is a New Hampshire pipe fitter and the sole inhabitant of the house from which he evicted his own mother. He is the villain of five marriages and the father of a daughter so obsessed that she had been writing a book about him for years. Hamilton Stark is a boor, a misanthrope, a handsome man: funny, passionately honest, and a good dancer. The narrator, a middle-aged writer, decides to write about Stark as a hero whose anger and solitude represent passion and wisdom. At the same time that he tells Hamilton Stark's story, he describes the process of writing the novel and the complicated connections between truth and fiction. As Stark slips in and out of focus, maddeningly elusive and fascinatingly complex, this beguiling novel becomes at once a compelling meditation on identity and a thoroughly engaging story of life on the cold edge of New England.
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- Paperback | 320 pages
- 127 x 203.96 x 20.57mm | 344.73g
- 05 Jun 1996
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
"Banks has skillfully used his repertoire of contemporary techniques to write a novel that is classically American -- a dark, but sometimes funny, romance with echoes of Poe and Melville.""--Washington Post""Stunning and original.... Russell Banks's most sustained, intricate, and impressive work to dote.... Bunks is a writer who has a mind."--" Chicago Sun-Times ""A successIronic, melancholy, and haunting."--" Newsweek"