All my friends are going to be strangers : A novel by Larry McMurtry
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1972. First edition. Hardcover. 286 pages ; 22 cm. $7.50 dust jacket. Slight lean to spine. Binding is firm. Pages are unmarked and clean.
The central themes of Larry McMurtry's work are the Heartland, with its dusty plains, its obsolete cowboys, its small towns and its new cities rising like mirages from the surrounding wasteland, and that country of the heart in which his people are lost, restlessly in search of love, sensuality, human warmth, contact with someone else in a barren world where relationships are forever transient.
The central figure of this new novel by the author of Moving On, The Last Picture Show, Leaving Cheyenne and Horseman, Pass By* is Danny Deck, a young writer on the verge of success, drifting from his native Texas to California, then back again, unsuccessfully married to Sally, a beautiful girl who brings with her problems that neither one of them is able to face or solve, falling in love with Jill, who has the power to make him happy but won't stay, finding out that it's easier to know the people you don't sleep with than those you do....
Larry McMurtry's special gifts—his marvelous ability to re-create the subtle textures of people's lives (an eccentric rancher, an expatriate Englishman, a married woman yearning for sexual experimentation, a genial family of San Francisco Keseyite trippers), his ear for the voices of his own country, and his concern for that confrontation between the burdens of a Puritan past and the complexities of the sensual present—have never been more in evidence than in this brilliant and remarkable novel.
In the words of Walter Clemons, writing in The New York Times Book Review of Leaving Cheyenne, "I believe a reader anywhere will respond to delicacy and precision when he hears it... Larry McMurtry is sardonically funny and rudely, reluctantly acute."
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