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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
American small town bigoted life is viciously exposed by a novelist basking in his fame in New York. There is the book, the film, the T-shirt and now, seventeen years later, the author returns home, the only place he is not adored. Facing his past, old hurts and humiliations, he finally grows up. A poignant reflection on love, loyalty, duty, hope and coming to terms with your past. Highly recommended.
Bush Falls by Jonathan Tropper
Joe Goffman's vicious first novel has savaged the reputation of Bush Falls. When a family emergency summons him back to the town he left 17 years ago, he's not surprised at the welcome he receives: milk-shakes thrown in his face, copies of his novel pelting his house and violent threats to blow up his shiny new Mercedes. But the more Bush Falls resents Joe, the more it becomes obvious that Joe cannot turn his back on Bush Falls. As he walks along the familiar streets, memories return to haunt him with a vengeance - about a secret love affair, an old friendship and a tragic death. Now, decades later, Joe has to face his past without resorting to his pen.
And with the help of some very old friends, he might just be able to learn something - if he manages to survive his homecoming. At once hilarious and bittersweet, Bush Falls is a tale of the double-edged rewards of fame, revenge and redemption as a writer takes on a village and the ghosts of his past.
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ReviewsTropper's novel is one to savour ... Consistently funny, full of sharp observations, sophisticated. You won't have heard of Jonathan Tropper before, but keep an eye on him. He's good The Mirror A beautifully crafted book of enormous heart, humility, wit, honesty and vulnerablilty. Utterly magnificent -- Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors An immensely readable tale of success, revenge and small-town disappointment Marie Claire
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Publication date5th May 2005
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PublisherArrow (a Division Of Random House Group)
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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