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SHOOTOUT WITH FATHER

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Shootout with Father

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Marianne Hauser
publisher:
Fiction Collective Two
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Hauser — an author still at work in her 90s — writes with pathos and irony. In this stinging novella charged with oedipal conflict, an artist named James does psychic battle with his aging father, a CEO and armor collector. When Father attends one of James’ openings for the first time and sees what he contemptuously calls ”my son’s…er…objets d’art,” James is both grateful and humiliated. But through his father’s letters to his mother, James gets an unprecedented view of the old man, whose botched boyhood dreams and thwarted homosexuality made him the empty shell he is.

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