The Rail: A Novel by Howard Owen

By Howard Owen

Sooner than he permit his existence collapse, James "Neil" Beauchamp was once detailed. He lived and flourished on the planet of privilege, loved and accommodated. Then, earlier than he really realized to understand it, the only expertise that lifted him from a small lifestyles in a small city was once long gone. the one factor worse than spending your existence earthbound, Neil might examine, is touchdown demanding and understanding you'll by no means fly again.

Born in Penns fortress, within the citadel itself, he was once a prince of varieties. but if his mom left the fortress with him in tow, he misplaced every thing, even his identify. He appeared destined for a lifestyles as a shopkeeper's slightly tolerated stepson.

That's while baseball offered itself and kept him. For what Neil may well do was once hit. via a few mixture of reflexes, imaginative and prescient, and coordination, the tilt and supple Virginia Rail grew to become the sport of his adolescence into the driver of his lifestyles. sooner than he was once via, he may win batting championships and be elected to the corridor of Fame.

but ahead of his expertise failed, he already was once failing these closest to him. His spouse and son suffered from being outdoors his sight view an excessive amount of of the time. Then, along with his occupation over good ahead of his fortieth birthday, every little thing collapsed. the ultimate crash, together with his half-sister Blanchard beside him within the vehicle, the crash that despatched him to felony, was once noticeable by means of such a lot who knew him because the inevitable touchdown on the finish of a really lengthy fall.

at the day he was once paroled, he used to be met on the legal gates by way of his son David, the final individual Neil anticipated to determine, and again to the fortress from which he was once banished as a baby and to Blanchard, a lady of tenuous psychological balance.

Neil is seeking a way to make amends. And his son, who will examine issues approximately Neil he by no means might have guessed, nonetheless desires to salvage anything out in their mutual wreckage.

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Our first choice," as it reads in its report, "is N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn... ' Our second choice is A World of Profit by Louis Auchincloss... which... is not uncharacteristic of the work of one of our best novelist of manners. Our third choice is And Other Stories by John O'Hara... " 1 6 1 Hohenberg states that "the Board's membership wasn't exactly ecstatic but it went along with House Made of Dawn"^62 and gave the Pulitzer Prize to the American Indian author N. Scott Momaday. 1 6 3 For 1970 the jury was once again reconstituted.

7 2 "When the report was distributed to the Advisory Board," Hohenberg found out, "two... wrote letters to try to influence their colleagues against The Grapes of Wrath... In the end" they were "unable to stop Steinbeck any more... When the award was voted by the university Trustees and made public, it was received with universal approval... The Pulitzer Prize served to confirm John Steinbeck's stature as a major American novelist," 73 who more than two decades later was also to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

23 THE A Reminiscence WILLIAM FAULKNER RANDOM HOUSE New York 24 The two jurors of 1965 had to judge more than eighty novels. "In our joint judgment the prize should go to Shirley Ann Grau for The Keepers of the House," as it was stated at the end of their joint report. 1 4 8 "The Keepers of the House is Miss Grau's fourth book of fiction," one juror emphasized and added: "With it she emerges, it seems to me, as, since the death of William Faulkner, the major Southern writer... " 1 5 0 As Hohenberg remarks, "there was no dissent in the Advisory Board," 1 5 1 and so the Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to Shirley Ann Grau.

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