The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression. A late-summer night finds him alone and shivering beside a railroad track in the Adirondack mountains when a private railcar passes. Brightly lit windows reveal well-dressed men at a table and, in another compartment, a beautiful girl holding up a white dress before her naked form. Joe will follow the track to the mysterious estate at Loon Lake, where he finds the girl along with a tycoon, an aviatrix, a drunken poet, and a covey of gangsters. Here Joe s fate will play out in this powerful story of ambition, aggression, and identity. Loon Lake is another stunning achievement of this acclaimed author.
Powerful . . . a] complex and haunting meditation on modern American history.
"e; The New York Times"e;
A genuine thriller . . . a marvelous exploration of the complexities and contradictions of the American dream . . . Not under any circumstances would we reveal the truly shattering climax.
"e;The Dallas Morning News
A dazzling performance . . . "e;Loon Lake"e;] anatomizes America with insight, passion, and inventiveness.
"e; The Washington Post Book World"e;
Hypnotic . . . tantalizes long after it has ended.
Compelling . . . brilliantly done.
"e; St. Louis Post-Dispatch"e;
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