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Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics) - Don Carpenter
Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
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Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the... show more
Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class—married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590173244 (1590173244)
ASIN: 1590173244
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel rated it
4.5 Don Carpenter - Hard Rain Falling
This novel was four star material for a long while of the reading process due to too much of pool games descriptions in the early and middle chapters. Masterful pool games descriptions, I reckon. Save that I cannot stand billiard. Anyway, just like it happened with all that baseball business in 'Und...
AC
AC rated it
Many of these NYRB's are wonderful, but the truth is that not infrequently one gets the sense that they are scraping not the bottom of the barrel, of course... but not the cream either -- and that what they are republishing often are the second and third level books... of first-rate writers or first...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
4.0 Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
Since George Pelecanos went to the trouble to write a review/introduction to this book, which is just as good as the book itself, who am I to try and do better? I'll let Pelecanos do the talking, shall I? Here you go:"A couple of years ago the memoirist and fiction writer Chris Offutt urged me to...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
4.0 Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
Since George Pelecanos went to the trouble to write a review/introduction to this book, which is just as good as the book itself, who am I to try and do better? I'll let Pelecanos do the talking, shall I? Here you go:"A couple of years ago the memoirist and fiction writer Chris Offutt urged me to...
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