Celebration by Harry Crews
A Novel

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Once again displaying what "The Village Voice Literary Supplement" calls "the voluminous, hurdy-gurdy sweep of his comic and moral vision", Harry Crews offers a black comedy that is both darker and funnier than anything he has ever written before. Set in a trailer park in Florida--a place where the aged wait to die--"Celebration" tells the story of a beautiful, wildly sensual bombshell who awakens appetites that most were sure had died decades ago Print ads. 4-city author tour.
 

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Harry Crews was born in Georgia on June 7, 1935. His childhood was marked by both physical and emotional pain. When he was two years old, he put lye in his mouth, burning his lips and tongue. Later, he was scalded with boiling water. At the age of five, his legs tightened up, pulling his heels to the backs of his thighs; he remained in bed like this for six weeks. In 1953, Crews became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He served three years in the Marines, then entered the University of Florida on the G.I. Bill. While there, he enrolled in a creative writing class under Andrew Lytle, a distinguished novelist. After graduating, he taught at Broward Community College and wrote copy for Nelson Boswell's radio show "Challenge the Response." It was on this show that he learned the value of writing as a career. In 1968, Crews published his first novel, The Gospel Singer, the story of a young man from south Georgia with artistic talent who tries to break away from the community of his childhood. For the next 10 years, Crews published a novel almost every year, including Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit (1971), Car (1972), and The Gypsy's Curse (1974). A Feast of Snakes (1976) questions the future of a person who does not escape a pain-wracked childhood.
 
Published January 7, 1998 by Simon & Schuster. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Stump, as he's called for his amputated arm, finds himself ``neck deep in kink'' with the young vixen, who clearly uses her wiles to a greater end, what she calls ``the chance of ultimate possibility,'' which comes from ``hope, faith, and the power of imagining the possible.'' Relying both on ``r...

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