The Jack of Hearts

The Jack of Hearts

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Now, in Jack of Hearts, Joseph Hansen brings Nathan back for a second tender, funny, achingly truthful coming-of-age novel. The year is 1941, the place a small California foothill town. Nathan, at age seventeen, bewildered by sex but sure he wants to be a writer, falls in among a little-theater crowd he hopes will stage his first play, and learns from them painful lessons in growing up.From Nathan's ineffectual parents, Alma the fortune-teller and Frank the out-of-work musician, to Kate McCracken, the raffish cook at Moon's cafe, where the journalism and theater students gather for breakfast; from Kenneth Stone, the lonely teacher whispered to be a Nazi spy, to wealthy Desmond Foley, in whose sunlit swimming pool it is rumored handsome boys swim naked on weekends, Jack of Hearts teems with lively characters, seen against a lovingly detailed background of times long past."A sweet read," the Baltimore Alternative called Living Upstairs. "Nathan is a perfect, whole character... a remarkable achievement." In Jack of Hearts, you will come to know Nathan even better. As a good many readers already have, you just may fall in love with him.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 147.32 x 215.9 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0525939245
  • 9780525939245

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