Waveland

By Frederick Barthelme
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307390936, 229pp.)

Publication Date: May 4, 2010

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Description
Set amidst the tatters of post-Katrina Gulf Coast Mississippi, "Waveland" is a brilliantly observed portrait of our times from one of the most incisive novelists at work today.
Partially retired architect Vaughn Williams does what he can to remain "viable." Battling the doldrums of midlife, he teaches an occasional class, reads the newspapers, scours the Internet, and thinks obsessively about his late father. When his ex-wife seeks refuge from her hotheaded boyfriend, Vaughn and his girlfriend, Greta, agree to let her move in, perhaps a little too cavalierly. Add in Vaughan's annoyingly successful younger brother, who carries a torch for Vaughn's ex-wife, and lingering suspicions about Greta's involvement in "her" husband's murder and the result is an emotionally resonant tale of mortality, love, regret, and redemption that only Barthelme could unwind.



About the Author
Frederick Barthelme is the author of eleven books, most recently BOB THE GAMBLER and THE PAINTED DESERT. He directs the writing program at the University of Southern Mississippi and edits the literary journal Mississippi Review. Mr. Barthelme currently lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
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