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By Wallace Stegner

Joe Allston, the retired literary agent of Stegner's nationwide e-book Award-winning novel, The Spectator chicken, returns during this disquieting and keenly saw novel. Scarred through the mindless demise in their son and baffled through the engulfing chaos of the Sixties, Allston and his spouse, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And even though their new domestic seems like Eden, it additionally has serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of substances, yoga, and intercourse; and Marian Catlin, an enticing younger girl whose otherworldly innocence is way extra appealing—and way more harmful.

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The conditions are that you build no fires, shoot no guns, cut no trees, make a sanitary latrine, and bury your cans and garbage deep. ” I don’t know what I expected—a change of expression, at least. He only watched me with his eyebrow up. “All right,” he said. No thanks, no expressed pleasure or obligation. To force him, I put out my hand, and after a minute he shook it. His hand was thin, dry, hard, and gripped like bird claws. ” “Peck. ” Still no change of expression, no unbending to a jocular or friendly tone.

You can camp there, on certain conditions. The conditions are that you build no fires, shoot no guns, cut no trees, make a sanitary latrine, and bury your cans and garbage deep. ” I don’t know what I expected—a change of expression, at least. He only watched me with his eyebrow up. “All right,” he said. No thanks, no expressed pleasure or obligation. To force him, I put out my hand, and after a minute he shook it. His hand was thin, dry, hard, and gripped like bird claws. ” “Peck. ” Still no change of expression, no unbending to a jocular or friendly tone.

And for that lack of indulgence had she always blamed me? 3 I had thought I could make Jim Peck up out of the odds and ends of intellectual faddism and emotional anarchy and blind foolishness that have been improving our world for the last ten years, but in one way he surprised me. If all the idiocies of the later twentieth century had collected in his skull like DDT in the livers of birds and fishes, I shortly had to grant that something else had collected in him too. For one thing, he was physically tough.

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