When Red Baker, a Larmel steel worker in Baltimore, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy: boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future. Filled with unforgettable characters from Red’s angry but loyal wife, Wanda; his basketball-star son, Ace; his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff; and Crystal, the go-go dancer at Lily’s bar who embodies Red’s fantasies of escape. Red Baker is a classic American novel about a man with no identity who tries to replace the one he’s lost.
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It's certainly possible to get inside the heads of working-class people without lapsing into ""prole fiction"" formulas: think, in very recent years, of Ernest Hebert's New Hampshire novels or Bill Griffith's Time for Frankie Coolin.Apr 01 1985 | Read Full Review of Red Baker
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