Impossible Vacation

By Spalding Gray; Dave Gray
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780679745235, 240pp.)

Publication Date: April 27, 1993

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Having detailed the agonies of writing a book in his monologue Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray now gives us the monster itself: a convulsively funny, unexpectedly moving novel about a man eternally searching for a moment of protected pleasure even as he is permanently incapable of finding it.

Brewster North witnesses his mother's madness but misses her suicide; searches frantically for enlightenment in the Poconos and zipless sex in India; suffers family ennui in Rhode Island and a nervous breakdown in Amsterdam. In the process he emerges as a hilariously complex everyman. And as Gray narrates his hero's free fall, he confirms his own stature as one of our funniest, most eccentric, and most engaging storytellers.

About the Author
Writer and actor Spalding Gray was best known for writing and starring in autobiographical monologues like "Swimming to ""Cambodia", "Monster in a Box", and "It's a Slippery Slope" where he humorously integrated his anxieties and experiences into stage performances. He was a co-founder of the Wooster Theatre Group in New York City and also appeared in films such as "The Killing Field" and "Kate & Leopold".

Rockwell Gray received his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is currently chairman of the Department of English at The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, and has published a translation of Yolando Pino Saavedra's "Folktales of Chile" and many reviews and articles on modern culture and literature.
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