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River under the road

Scott Spencer

River under the road

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  • 33 Currently reading

Published .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Social life and customs,
  • Man-woman relationships,
  • Success,
  • Fiction

  • About the Edition

    Meeting at a vast Hudson River estate, two couples become estranged by unexpected successes and reactions that shape the lives of diverse friends and family members over the course of two decades.

    Edition Notes

    StatementScott Spencer
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPS3569.P455 R58 2017
    The Physical Object
    Pagination366 pages
    Number of Pages366
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL27238525M
    ISBN 100062660055
    ISBN 109780062660053
    LC Control Number2017016457
    OCLC/WorldCa990336846

    As Thaddeus finds the easy road to success and Grace languishes in anonymity, they watch themselves transform into people they never imagined they could become. Duration: 12 hours 27 minutes Summary: Thaddeus Kaufman, the son of booksellers, and Grace Cornell, raised in a basement apartment she longs to escape, meet at a neighborhood art fair in Chicago. Over in the caretaker's house, Jennings grapples with a secret that could either launch him into the life he's longed for or drag his whole family down with no hope of escape. At times a quiet meditation on existential decay and the empty promises of success, Spencer's novel ultimately loses sight of itself.

    When I read the summary it sounded pretty interesting and I've read at least one other book by this author so I thought I'd like it More to the point, however, this is a book about the vicissitudes of love. Grace does art Lucy leaves town. Thaddeus Kaufman, the son of booksellers, and Grace Cornell, raised in a basement apartment she longs to escape, meet at a neighborhood art fair in Chicago. Many of the great riverfront estates have been acquired by the likes of Jann Wenner, a founder of Rolling Stone, yet a few of the aristocratic old families have managed to hold out, with the result that old money and new mingle eagerly yet uneasily — and both are resented by the hoi polloi.

    Spencer artfully renders the characters' ennui as the party settings urge them to act on their buried instincts at the very moments when it could cost them the most. Propelled by newfound wealth, they move up the river to a historic mansion whose resident caretakers, the father-and-son team of Hat and Jennings Stratton, will complicate their lives immensely. Jennings Stratton, the son of a caretaker, and Muriel Sanchez, the daughter of a cop, meet in a house he is refurbishing in New Mexico, and they, too, head for the big city. The way people who did not speak French were patronised, Italians were not socially acceptable for example, but the way the women rose above their disadvantages and second class status was inspiring.


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River under the road book

By Daniel Akst Special to Newsday. Thaddeus marries Grace. When I read the summary it sounded pretty interesting and I've read at least one other book by this author so I thought I'd like it Matters are complicated when Lucy has to deal with her sudden inheritance.

Thaddeus Kaufman, the son of booksellers, and Grace Cornell, raised in a basement apartment she longs to escape, meet at a neighborhood art fair in Chicago. We are also given an insight into the workings of a sugar plantation and even introduced to some of the political figures of the time- Governor Excellent novel about the lives of some plantation owners living on the River Road near Baton Rouge, Louisiana just after the Second World War.

We can only hope so. Soon after, they head to New York, aloft on the wings of young love. Such a conflict can be compelling, but the characters here lack a certain necessary self-awareness, leaving their disappointments with the world, with one another to register mostly at the level of complaint.

They worried over that possibility. Weeks ago, during the bicentennial patriotic orgy, people his age were insisting that America acknowledge its deficiencies — stop the war, end poverty, own up to epic political corruption — while Thaddeus and his girlfriend spent most of the day in bed, rising only to try their hands at baking a red white and blue layer cake that succeeded solely in bespattering the immaculate Kaufman kitchen.

Both are investigators, suspicious, practical, self aware, persistent with a sharp sense of humor. But the life of a scholar?

The Great River Road

My favorite supporting character was Uncle Deke. They would be returned to their original state, living one-on-one, just the two of them. The way people who did not speak French were patronised, Italians were not socially acceptable for example, but the way the women rose above their disadvantages and second class status was inspiring.

Published by Ecco, a division of HarperCollins. We are also given an insight into the workings of a sugar plantation and even introduced to some of the political figures of the time- Governor Parker and Huey Long who in this book is not yet a major politician.

He also utilizes the party invitations that open each chapter as clever hints of the kinds of conflict that could be coming. God knows what I'd think of it today, but I don't want to revisit this territory so I'll let sleeping dogs lie and award it two stars. All rights reserved. Not that he would be unmissed.

I constantly found myself stopping mid-sentence and rereading it so that it would sound more natural to me, but that got really old, really fast. After thirteen years apart they knew what they were looking for and what they missed. He was their son! Grace does art Sam talked about learning French. Every conversation in this book was so damn proper that it ended up sounding fake and stilted to me.

The Evil Mastermind goes missing. He made room on the obligatory bulletin board for the flyers and index cards that people wanted to post, announcing upcoming madrigal concerts or dining room sets for sale.

Libby planned to buy a piano. He had a ruddy, Russian look to him, according to Sam; to Libby he looked like the suitor in a silent movie. I was sure this was a 5 star knock-out winner!!!The setting of admired author Scott Spencer's newest book, River Under the Road, is a bit unusual, in that it concerns the young conservatives of the s who eventually became the Reagan-loving yuppies of the s, but looks at them during the countercultural era when they were suffering through dirty hippies and a pre-gentrified Manhattan and generally feeling miserable through it all; so as such, /5(32).

Eventually the "river under the road" is explained to Thaddeus by a fellow self-important screenwriter at a disastrous Hollywood party.

She compares the feeling of this hidden river to how a species has an awareness of what's going on within their environment, specifically describing how bald eagles break open their own eggs when they sense an upcoming food shortage.

River Under the Road A Novel. by Scott Spencer. On Sale: 05/22/ Price: $ Enlarge Book Cover. River Under the Road A Novel. by Scott Spencer About the Book. From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Man in the Woods and Endless Love, a stunning, stinging portrait of class and creativity-and the double-edged sword of.

River Under the Road | Thaddeus Kaufman, the son of booksellers, and Grace Cornell, raised in a basement apartment she longs to escape, meet at a neighborhood art fair in Chicago.

Soon after, they head to New York, aloft on the wings of young love. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3, miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns.

Excerpt from ‘River Under the Road’ by Scott Spencer

The Great River Road is arguably the longest and most important scenic byway in. Jun 27,  · Covering a period from toRiver Under the Road contains cultural scene-setting, reminiscent of Updike’s Rabbit novels, that captures the social and political mood of 'me-decade' self-indulgence morphing into Reagan-era conservatism.

And Spencer doles out apt metaphors for difficult moments 2/4(5).