Love Warps the Mind a Little by John Dufresne

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A daring new novel set in a blue-collar town in Massachusetts by the author of the highly acclaimed Louisiana Power & Light.

Ever since Lafayette Proulx quit his day job, left his wife, hauled his dog and his Royal portable across town to Judi Dubey's house, and set out at last to be a fiction writer, his life has been a sordid mess. Judi's exotically dysfunctional family isn't all to blame. Sure, the murders are disconcerting. And, yes, Judi's father's gone off the deep end. Worse are the vicious rejection letters Laf gets from editors. To top it off, Laf's falling for Judi at the same time he's nettled with guilt, is in marriage counseling with his wife, and is writing his long-hoped-for novel. When Judi is diagnosed with stage IV cancer, they both struggle to find the memory that will comfort, the truth that will redeem in a world where everyone suffers some kind of love disorder.

John Dufresne, called "a highly readable Faulkner," will once again take the literary world by storm with this new tragicomic tale.

Jill McCorkle in the New York Times Book Review cites "the miraculous beauty of his tale-telling surprises and delights."

About John Dufresne

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John Dufresne teaches at Florida International University.
Published January 17, 1997 by W. W. Norton. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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He also goes to town with Laf's manic brainstorming for story ideas-one of which, a tale of middle-aged lovers, evolves into an effective mirror of Laf's own personal development.

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Like almost any self-respecting novel, Love Warps the Mind a Little deals with love, death and the vagaries of human emotion.

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