Item description for Truth (AWP Award Series in the Novel) (Awp Award Series in the Novel) by Geoff Rips...
Winner of the 2006 AWP Award for the Novel. In his debut novel, The Truth, Geoff Rips creates a moral universe in a series of tales narrated by the palsied hunchback Chuy Pingarrn who spends his days on the front porch of a San Antonio whorehouse and is proud to be dubbed the standard of perversion by those whose stories he tells. Through his twisted perspective we meet the Midwife who is also the house's madam, the philosopher Don Apolo who lives in an iron lung, and Angelita, famous for her hands. Chuy relates the sad story of the impenetrable Soledad, deemed by her mother to be a saint; of la Ramona, whose one eye looks into your soul while the other looks away; and of the enigmatic la Verdad, whose customers seek her out to learn their fortunes. At turns comic and tragic, Chuy's story meditates on the most ancient questions: how do you live a life and what does it mean?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.1" Height: 1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jan 30, 2008
Publisher New Issues Poetry & Prose
ISBN 1930974736 ISBN13 9781930974739
Reviews - What do customers think about Truth (AWP Award Series in the Novel) (Awp Award Series in the Novel)?
Unexpected Truth in San Antonio Jun 26, 2008
There is more here than meets the eye or ear. It's the unexpected viewpoint that occurs in an ahistorical San Antonio, not in the this site or dark corners of the world. The narrator's forelorn and physically painful life cannot be reduced a common denominator of loss and alientation that anyone feels. His despair turns ironically to humor and a sympathy for other people. My only criticism is the lack of historical detail about San Antonio. It seems to be set in the mid-twentieth century, but details about the contrasts, contradictions, and general weirdness of San Antonio would have helped. A must read.
For community library fiction collections with a more of an offbeat audience. May 4, 2008
A palsied hunchback who rests on the porch of a brothel in Texas. "The Truth" is the award winning novel telling of Chuy Pingarron and his tales of perversion as people stop by just to hear his tales. Midwifes who are Madams of Brothels, iron-lung bound philosophers, famous hands, unwilling saints, among countless other offbeat tales sure to entertain, all in the effort to answer one of the oldest of all of mankind's questions of how is life suppose to be lived and what's the point of it all? "The Truth" is highly recommended for community library fiction collections with a more of an offbeat audience.