East of Denver

East of Denver

Book - 2012
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Arriving at his family's farm in Eastern Colorado to discover his widowed and senile father's home in a terrible state because of the dishonest machinations of a corrupt banker, Shakespeare Williams falls in with an unlikely clique of former classmates in a haphazard plot to rob the bank that has cheated them.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2012
Description: 264 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780525952794
Branch Call Number: Hill


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AnnabelleLee27 Dec 27, 2017

This character-driven novel is sharp, funny, moody, and disturbing; the quirky characters are flawed yet compelling (although some are downright repulsive). The heart of the book centers around the poignant relationship between an adult son and his aging father which is treated with wit and discernment but with out sentimentality. Themes of home, childhood, loneliness, greed, and entropy are explored amid the rural landscape of Colorado's eastern plains. The sparse and direct writing is mostly effective although some parts feel disjointed or unconvincing. I found the ending entertaining but overly bizarre, rushed, and less clear or satisfying than I had hoped. Still, this was an enjoyable and affective read.

Apr 02, 2013

Quirky rural story that is easy to read.

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