Gilligan's Wake

A Novel

Tom Carson

Picador

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A kaleidoscopic novel about our last American century

A skipper plies the waters of the South Pacific, running ammunition and passing the time with navy buddies McHale and Jack Kennedy, remembering the sweet caress of Screw-Me Susie. A New York millionaire reunites with his prep school classmate Alger Hiss, and journeys to an unusual downtown cafe to meet a bearded friend. A young woman and her confidante Daisy Buchanan sink into the languor of the Hamptons and Provincetown. A buxom redhead from Alabam-don’t-give-a-damn travels to Hollywood, in search of fame and fortune. A charismatic professor assists Robert Oppenheimer with his desert calculations and is henceforth the author of every American political conspiracy. And Mary-Ann Kilroy leaves Russell, Kansas, for Paris and love, only to discover that you can never go home (nor leave the island).

But beneath these stories is the story of their author, an institutionalized shadow man who has twisted the histories of six characters into a pastiche of American history.

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“There can’t be many books with energy, depth and sheer verbal ability enough to set James Joyce spinning in his grave, but here is one: a tour de force of a novel....‘Genius’ is not a word to sling around carelessly but Tom Carson must have had one sitting near him when he wrote
Gilligan’s Wake.” —Madison Smartt Bell, author of Master of the Crossroads

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About the Author

Tom Carson

Tom Carson won a 2000 National Magazine Award for his work as Esquire’s “Screen” columnist. A longtime writer on pop culture and politics for The Village Voice and LA Weekly, he has also contributed to Rolling Stone, The Boston Phoenix, and The Washington Post, among others. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Gilligan's Wake
A Novel
Tom Carson

e-Book Agency

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Picador
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429971706
ISBN10: 1429971703
352 pages
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
February 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312311148
ISBN10: 0312311141
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$19.00
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