Ablutions by Patrick deWitt
Notes for a Novel

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...where a more conventional novel might have added a dollop of backstory as a key to his pain, here there's nothing but a void.
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In a famous but declining Hollywood bar works A Barman. Morbidly amused by the decadent decay of his surroundings, he watches the patrons fall into their nightly oblivion, making notes for his novel. In the hope of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with the cast of variously pathological regulars.

But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to serve himself more often than his customers, and the moments he lives outside the bar become more and more painful: he loses his wife, his way, himself. Trapped by his habits and his loneliness, he realizes he will not survive if he doesn't break free. And so he hatches a terrible, necessary plan of escape and his only chance for redemption.

Step into Ablutions and step behind the bar, below rock bottom, and beyond the everyday take on storytelling for a brilliant, new twist on the classic tale of addiction and its consequences.

 

About Patrick deWitt

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Patrick deWitt was born in 1975 on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. He has also lived in California, Washington, and Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and son. He has worked as a laborer, a clerk, a dishwasher, and a bartender. Ablutions is his first novel.
 
Published April 8, 2010 by Mariner Books. 173 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by Anthony Cummins on Jan 07 2012

...where a more conventional novel might have added a dollop of backstory as a key to his pain, here there's nothing but a void.

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