The Development: Nine Stories

The Development: Nine Stories by John Barth 0547072481 9780547072487
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From one of our most celebrated masters, a touching, comic, deeply humane collection of linked stories about surprising developments in a gated community I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting hour: the summer of the Peeping Tom. Something has disturbed the comfortably retired denizens of a pristine Florida-style gated community in Chesapeake Bay country. In the dawn of the new millennium and the evening of their lives, these empty nesters discover that their tidy enclave can be as colorful, shocking, and surreal as any of John Barths fictional locales. From the high jinks of a toga party to marital infidelities, a baffling suicide pact, and the sudden, apocalyptic destruction of the short-lived development, Barth brings mordant humor and compassion to the lives of characters we all know well. From one of the most prodigally gifted comic novelists writing in English today (Newsweek), The Development is John Barth at his most accessible and sympathetic best.

Author: John Barth

Language: English

Edition: None

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 167

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2008-10-07


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