Twin tales of middle-class hilarity and despair from the writer who was dubbed aAmericaas preeminent comic novelista by the New York Times When college professor Hank Tattersall sees his former flame, Lucy Stiles, at a campus concert, it sets off a chain reaction that results in one of the funniest and most unforgettable exit scenes in American literatureainvolving a locked door, an alcoholic dog, and a punning doppelgAcnger. The Catas Pajamas is the story of how Tattersall, a scrupulous self-reflector, falls from point A to point Z, rushing through a host of identities and indignities along the way. The unexamined life may not be worth living, he discovers, but the examined one is hardly a bed of roses. In Witchas Milk, Tillie Seltzer has her own trials to attend to. Chief among them is her marriage to Pete, the kind of guy who tucks a cigarette behind his ear and calls everybody Frisbee. When they first met, Tillie had more sophisticated tastesadark strangers, homburg hatsabut she was also a thirtysomething virgin whose prospects werenat getting any better. When she cracked a joke about the honeymoon being over, Pete believed her. Now stuck in suburbia with a sick child and a philandering husband, Tillie takes a hard look in the rearview mirror. Her search for an escape route will lead her to the most unexpected place of all. These short novels are linked by Tillieas cameo appearance in Hankas narrative and by the thrilling blend of satire, tragedy, and philosophy that defines the one-of-a-kind fiction of Peter De Vries.The centuries brought really little change in what man had to putupwith, or what he devised to make the remainder coherent or ... Having drunk his fill, the dog proceededto wobble and stagger around the house, its stubby legs buckling under it.
|Title||:||The Cat's Pajamas & Witch's Milk|
|Author||:||Peter De Vries|
|Publisher||:||Open Road Media - 2014-10-21|