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A Long and Happy Life: A Novel [Paperback]

Item : A Long and Happy Life: A Novel [Paperback]
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Author Author : Price, Reynolds
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1439109346
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781439109342
Publisher Publisher : Scribner
Pages Pages : 224
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100042560

Ecstatically reviewed and winner of the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel when it was published in 1962,A Long and Happy Lifelaunched the career of Reynolds Price, a writer considered to be one of our greatest novelists (Harper Lee).

From its dazzling opening page, which announced the appearance of a stylist of the first rank, to its moving close, this brief novel has charmed and captivated millions of readers since its original publication almost fifty years ago. The troubled love story of pretty, headstrong Rosacoke Mustian and the motorcycle-riding, stoic Wesley Beavers,A Long and Happy Lifebeautifully evokes a rural North Carolina now long gone.Chapter 1

Just with his body and from inside like a snake, leaning that black motorcycle side to side, cutting in and out of the slow line of cars to get there first, staring due-north through goggles towards Mount Moriah and switching coon tails in everybody's face was Wesley Beavers, and laid against his back like sleep, spraddle-legged on the sheepskin seat behind him was Rosacoke Mustian who was maybe his girl and who had given up looking into the wind and trying to nod at every sad car in the line, and when he even speeded up and passed the truck (lent for the afternoon by Mr. Isaac Alston and driven by Sammy his man, hauling one pine box and one black boy dressed in all he could borrow, set up in a ladder-back chair with flowers banked round him and a foot on the box to steady it) -- when he even passed that, Rosacoke said once into his back Don't and rested in humiliation, not thinking but with her hands on his hips for dear life and her white blouse blown out behind her like a banner in defeat.

It was because Wesley was a motorcycle man since his discharge (or would be, come Monday) and wouldn't have brought her in a car if fire had fallen in balls on every side. He had intended taking her to the picnic that way, and when Mildred Sutton died having her blS3

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