The Spectator Bird
Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "just killing time until time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator.
A postcard from a friend causes Allston to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birthplace where he'd sought a link with the past. The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough."
- Paperback | 204 pages
- 127 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
- 03 Feb 2011
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United States
- Rev. ed.
Other books in this series
11 Aug 2003
23 Dec 2008
01 Oct 2003
"Elegant and entertaining . . . every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished." The Atlantic"
About Wallace Stegner
Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of more than ten novels and four works of nonfiction. She lives in California.
"Elegant and entertaining . . . every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished." - The Atlantic