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The Salt Palace [Paperback]

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"With the publication of The Salt Palace, we welcome a brave new voice to American fiction. Darren DeFrain is one hell of a writer. The marvel of this gritty and propulsive first novel is that DeFrain, right out of the gates, has staked claim on a wild new territory of desperate love, alienation, heartbreak, and redemption. A stranger in his own land, our hero Brian is driving across America to find himself or to lose himself, he's not sure which. He's got a passenger with him---Randy, a one-armed Mormon Lone Ranger, a character as memorable as any I've met in contemporary fiction, and there's room for one more. So hop on in, but strap on your seatbelt and hold on to your hat. The road's a little bumpy up ahead." ---John Dufresne, author of Deep in the Shade of Paradise

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Pages   348
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   New Issues Press
ISBN  1930974310  
ISBN13  9781930974319  

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Sports
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > General

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A smart, funny page-turner  Nov 1, 2006
Don't let the footnotes intimidate you. This book is not a difficult read; it's smart and beautifully observed, and it raises plenty of interesting questions, but the footnotes don't come across as pedantic and superfluous, as is sometimes the case with this type of move. Instead, the footnotes add interesting, often witty historical information on two things - Mormonism and the Utah Jazz, both of which are fundamental to the protagonist, Brian. You might even say that the novel's plot is this character simultaneously fighting against and embracing his own religious and cultural history. He's a transplant to Kalamazoo, Michigan, an outsider. Defrain does a terrific job of evoking the Midwest bleakness and oddballness that is Kalamazoo without resorting to cheap pop culture references and "Hey, I know that place!" landmarks. Brian's angst and loneliness feel real and justified, and when he embarks on a road trip to Utah with a potentially homicidal stranger, the reader is rooting for him all the way (while at the same time asking, "What the hell are you thinking?"). It's this type of complexity and dedication to character over gimmick that make this such a pleasant and satisfying read.

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