The Spectator Bird

The Spectator Bird

Book - 2010
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From the "dean of Western writers" ( The New York Times ) and the Pulitzer Prize winning-author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety , his National Book Award-winning novel

A Penguin Classic

Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "just killing time until time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator.

A postcard from a friend causes Allston to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birth­place where he'd sought a link with the past. The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143105794
Branch Call Number: STE
Characteristics: xvii, 204 pages.


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Jun 18, 2015

This Stegner book is the prequel to "All the Little Live Things", and introduces Joe Allston, thought to represent the writer. The book deals with aging, reflection, choices and regrets. Stegner is great with character development, and explores the relationship of Joe and his wife and the lives they have shared (and another relationship that was left unexplored).
This is descriptive, character-driven fiction.

Dec 11, 2010

1977 National Book Award - Fiction

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