Heavy-built Jack Burdette is quite literally too big for his boots -- and too big, certainly, for the small-town attitudes of Holt, Colorado. But when he fails to make the grade as a college footballer, and takes a job with the local farmers' cooperative, it seems he has finally settled into the rhythm and routine of everyday life. Outward ...
Heavy-built Jack Burdette is quite literally too big for his boots -- and too big, certainly, for the small-town attitudes of Holt, Colorado. But when he fails to make the grade as a college footballer, and takes a job with the local farmers' cooperative, it seems he has finally settled into the rhythm and routine of everyday life. Outward appearances can be deceptive, however, as Jack proves: returning from a weekend conference with a new wife in tow, then leaving her behind and skipping town with a bundle of other folks' money. Nearly a decade later, no one has forgiven or forgotten, and when Jack reappears, resentment runs high. Once again though, it is Jack whose presence -- even more than his eight-year absence -- proves the most devastating.
New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text. New. First Vintage paperback edition.. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 176 p. Audience: General/trade. Haruf tells of a small-town hero dealt an enviable hand. Fun-loving and independent, Burdette engages in the occasional prank. Yet when the boy turns into a man, his high jinks turn into crimes. Now, eight years later, Burdette has returned to commit his greatest trespass of all.
Publishers Weekly, 1989-12-01 Why is strapping, impulsive Jack Burdette, legendary bad boy and ex-football hero, promptly thrown into jail when he returns to Holt, Colo., after eight years on the run? The reader discovers the answer halfway through this deeply affecting novel. Earlier, we learn how Jack has abandoned his pregnant wife, two small sons, a girlfriend and piles of unpaid shopping-spree charges, but his sins against the town prove to be even more serious. The story is narrated by the editor-publisher of Holt's weekly newspaper; he is transformed from rueful, detached observer to tragic participant in the events, which inexorably unfold to a stunning climax. Haruf captures small-town people with a sharp humor and sympathy worthy of Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology . Not a word is wasted in his brooding drama, which conceals a tender love story in its bruised heart. (Jan.)
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