Straight Man by Sallie Bingham

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Discontented with his staid lifestyle, Colby Winn impulsively picks up a hitchhiker, Ann Lee, and falls in love with her over coffee, but the intensity of their relationship brings out the darkest secrets of their similar Southern upbringings. IP.

About Sallie Bingham

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Bingham's first novel was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1961. Since, she has published four collections of short stories (including Transgressions, Sarabande, 2002), four novels, and a memoir. She was Book Editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and has been a director of the National Book Critics Circle. She is the founder of The Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Published October 1, 1996 by Zoland Books. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Colby and Ann exchange stories of his cold and abusive father and her dependent mother, Colby finds himself longing to establish a permanent alliance with this girl and at the same time, inexplicably, to drive her away.

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Bingham uses the idea of playing, and Ann Lee's career--she's an intinerant actress whose current role involves both violence and on-stage romance--to pry open Colby's repressed memories, forcing him to review his failed marriage and his relationship with his physically abusive father.

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