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Gone Tomorrow by P.F. Kluge


Gone Tomorrow by P.F. Kluge

When George Canaris, a writing professor on the verge of forced retirement at a small college in Ohio, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, he is the first faculty member in half a century whose death merits an obituary in The New York Times . 'A writer, a critic, a professor, a campus legend and a national figure, the very embodiment of the liberal arts,' says the paper. And a mystery. 'Compared to Faulkner and Dos Passos at the start of his career,' the Times observes, 'in the end he resembled Harper Lee'. With a book listed among the one hundred greatest novels of all time, decades now separating him from the hefty advance taken on his next book, The Beast , and not a page to show of it, Canaris is an enigma. Inevitably, speculation grows that the book was a myth, a lie, a joke. Upon his death, Mark May, a young English professor who barely knew him finds himself named as Canaris's literary executor and begins a search through lives and letters that is at once gripping, hilarious, and affirming. A true page-turner, Gone Tomorrow is equal parts Richard Russo and Michael Chabon, and yet entirely unlike anything you've ever read.


'A sharply observed yet tender novel of academic life and its many sand traps... quirky, tart, yet unexpectedly generous' - New York Times. 'Kluge has dozens of gorgeous, wrenching passages, details, throw-away observations. He can really write, like a man who means it' - San Francisco Chronicle. 'A sparkling new novel, witty and astute' - Entertainment Weekly'

About the Author

P.F. Kluge is a novelist, journalist and teacher, holding the post of Writer in Residence at Kenyon College. His novels include Eddie And The Cruisers and Biggest Elvis . Two films, Dog Day Afternoon and Eddie And The Cruisers , have been based on his work.

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Publication date

26th August 2010


P.F. Kluge

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Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


288 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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