Ask the Dust by John Fante

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Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel. It is the story of Arturo Bandini, a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez, a Mexican waitress. Struggling to survive, he perseveres until, at last, his first novel is published. But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown and disappears . . . and Bandini forever rejects the writer's life he fought so hard to attain.


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John Fante was born in Colorado in 1909. He began writing in 1929 and published numerous short stories in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Mercury, The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar. His first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini was published in 1938. The following year Ask the Dust appeared. Fante’s other books include The Road to Los Angeles, The Brotherhood of the Grape, 1933 Was a Bad Year, Full of Life, West of Rome and The Big Hunger: Stories 1932-1959. He died at age 74 in 1983 in Los Angeles.
Published April 29, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Those kids” he aims to make as credible as possible are Fante's characters Arturo Bandini, a 20-year-old Italian-American transplant from Colorado set to make his mark as a serious writer, and Camilla Lopez, a social-scrambling Mexican waitress who Bandini — with muddled-up feelings of infatuati...

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