Bob the Gambler by Frederick Barthelme

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A New York Times Notable Book.   In this darkly funny story, Ray and Jewel Kaiser try (and push) their luck at the Paradise casino. Peopled with dazed denizens, body-pierced children, a lusty grocery-store manager, and hourly employees in full revolt, this is a novel about wising up sooner rather than later--"a wise and funny tale" (New York Times Book Review) that is "masterfully observed" (John Barth).

About Frederick Barthelme

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Frederick Barthelme is the author of eleven books, most recently BOB THE GAMBLER and THE PAINTED DESERT. He directs the writing program at the University of Southern Mississippi and edits the literary journal Mississippi Review. Mr. Barthelme currently lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Published October 15, 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 213 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Maxing out a handful of credit cards, he finds himself over $35,000 in the hole, but still juiced by ""the losses, the excitement, the hopes, the desperation, the high."" Quitting architecture altogether, Ray and Jewel decide to downsize, selling their belongings and moving in with Ray's mother.

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Abandoning his unremunerative architecture firm (running Ray Kaiser Design ""is kind of like being a pro bongo player""), he becomes intoxicated by the rituals and the heady promises of big payoffs at the blackjack tables and the slot machines: ""It was a joy to see the money move at a sedate pac...

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