The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry
New York : The Dial Press, 1966. Book club edition. Hardcover. 215 pages ; 22 cm. Slight lean to spine. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding firm.
FOR THE PEOPLE living during the fifties in a small Texas town called Thalia, sex and the movies are the only things that can fill the hot, dusty days and the quiet, empty nights. To Sonny, a high school senior with no plans for the future, sex means a visit to Ruth, his football coach's wife. Ruth has never known true pleasure with a man and is slowly withering away while her husband tries to conceal his liking of young boys. For Duane, Sonny's best friend, sex means his passion for Jacy, a girl anxious to sell her virginity to the highest bidder. Jacy has a lot to learn bout men, and, to her surprise, the person most qualified to teach her is her own mother.
And for all the people of Thalia, real life is poignantly and painfully unlike the romantic world on the screen in the town theater, itself about to flicker its last picture show.
Now a brilliant motion picture chosen by many critics as one of the year's ten best films.
Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on June 3, 1936. He studied at Stanford and Rice Universities and has worked as a ranch hand in Texas. Among several novels he has written is Horseman, Pass By, which was brought to the screen as the movie Hud.
He now lives in Virginia, where he divides his time between writing magazine articles and stories, working on his next novel, and collecting rare books.
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