"Son of a Buck: Espee, Too" begins with a prologue designed to convey and set the tone of the book. The prologue involves two cats arguing philosophically about Shakespeare, Plato, and stagecraft--the thrust of their conversation pertaining to rather ordinary conflicts about how one perceives life playing out in a context of intimations on food. The remainder of the book introduces and follows a middle-aged Deprentis Charles Drain as he attempts to discover and perhaps unravel what he imagines to be a singularly important aspect of life: what accounts for his parents' happiness.
He supposes his parents' happiness to be the result of how they in 1948 met in a gas station--a detail that is compounded and confounded by the gas station's proximity to a tavern across the way and down the street and over a bridge from the local movie theater in a small rural logging town. Despite all he has discovered about that first meeting, the one elusive detail is the name of the movie... (Read more)
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July 19, 2011
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