How does Fishpond Work?

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

In the 1970s and '80s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. Every week, in a few hundred words, Dexter cut directly to the heart of the American character at a time of national turmoil and crucial change. With haunting urgency, his columns laid bare the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he saw on the streets of Philadelphia and in the places he visited across the country. But he reveled, too, in the lighter side of his own life, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their young daughter, and a series of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. No matter what caught Dexter's eye, it was illuminated by his dark, brilliant humor. Collected here are eighty-two of the best of those spellbinding, finely wrought pieces--with a new preface by the author--assembled by Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book. Paper Trails is searing, heartbreaking, and irresistibly funny, sometimes all at once. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, these essays "are as good as it ever gets."

Product Details

Reviews

Readers will travel from the lighthearted to the bleak aspects of American life within this collection of 82 untitled, previously published journalism stories written by National Book Award winner Dexter (Paris Trout) and collected by Rob Fleder. The laugh-out-loud stories usually involve Mrs. Dexter, tend to show the writer's tender side, and detail the couple's home life, with all their pets and animal visitors, including a wayward peahen that causes Dexter to spend an afternoon attempting to repair his tractor. By contrast, there are essays about injustice, street crime, rape, assault, and animal abuse that will cause the reader to cringe. This collection is ideal for journalism students, writers, and any book lover who appreciates a good story. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.-Joyce Sparrow, Juvenile Welfare Board Lib., Pinellas Park, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

In this sprawling collection of finely etched prose, noted novelist Dexter (Paris Trout) lays bare the darker workings of the human experience. Assembled mostly from his newspaper columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Sacramento Bee, these short pieces chronicle the often violent, sometimes tender foibles of the denizens of America's lower socioeconomic strata. Senseless crimes are committed, alcohol flows like water and lives are damaged beyond repair. In clipped, world-weary prose, Dexter writes of Joline, a prostitute working the streets of West Sacramento "The rent is $95 a week, and she still owes the manager fifty. She says that is two dates, maybe three. Joline is twenty-three years old. She says she'll have it in two hours." The stories are imbued with the spirit of the ink-stained old school journalist. While not all the tales are of degradation and mishap Dexter writes tenderly of his wife and child the self-inflicted woes of the less fortunate stay with you. "Mummers Day on Two Street: The body is laid out on the corner. The pink dress is pulled up around the neck, which is painted green. The eyes are partly open; but when you look into them all you see is white." With authority and a strange grace, Dexter has crafted a powerful portrait of the underbelly of the American Dream. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Laugh-out-loud stories.Ideal for... writers and any book lover who appreciates a good story." -- Library Journal "A book full of good reading." -- Rocky Mountain News "A jewel box of muscular writing." -- Denver Post "Compact and illuminating." -- Sunday Oregonian "[A] literary feat-when Dexter gets going he crawls under the skin and stays there." -- New York Times Book Review "[A] literary feat--when Dexter gets going he crawls under the skin and stays there."--New York Times Book Review [Dexter's pieces] read like finely honed short stories....Their spare, haunting scenes echo Hemingway, their insights Faulkner.--Cleveland Plain Dealer PAPER TRAILS is what great newspaper writing is all about.--Washington Post Book World "A jewel box of muscular writing..."--Denver Post "Pete Dexter is a master story teller in all forms... This is the work of a great American writer."--Michael Connelly "Lovers of fine writing ought to give a serious consideration to Pete Dexter's new book."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Laugh-out-loud stories...Ideal for... writers and any book lover who appreciates a good story."--Library Journal "Paper Trails is a master class in tight, effective writing."--St. Petersburg Times "The author's true eye for detail makes for easy reading."--Kirkus Reviews "Paper Trails will stir nostalgia for those who remember a time when newspapers prided themselves on cutting loose, colorful writers..."--Columbus Dispatch "A book full of good reading..."--Rocky Mountain News "Compact and illuminating..."--Sunday Oregonian [A] literary featwhen Dexter gets going he crawls under the skin and stays there. --New York Times Book Review" [Dexter s pieces] read like finely honed short stories....Their spare, haunting scenes echo Hemingway, their insights Faulkner.--Cleveland Plain Dealer" Pete Dexter is a master story teller in all forms... This is the work of a great American writer. --Michael Connelly" A jewel box of muscular writing --Denver Post" Lovers of fine writing ought to give a serious consideration to Pete Dexter s new book. --Seattle Post-Intelligencer" Paper Trails is a master class in tight, effective writing. --St. Petersburg Times" The author s true eye for detail makes for easy reading. --Kirkus Reviews" Laugh-out-loud stories Ideal for... writers and any book lover who appreciates a good story. --Library Journal" Compact and illuminating --Sunday Oregonian" Paper Trails will stir nostalgia for those who remember a time when newspapers prided themselves on cutting loose, colorful writers --Columbus Dispatch" A book full of good reading --Rocky Mountain News" [A] literary feat when Dexter gets going he crawls under the skin and stays there. --New York Times Book Review" Superb...Remarkable...The simple clarity of [Dexter's] prose is like an Edward Hopper painting.--New York Sun With authority and a strange grace, Dexter has crafted a powerful true portrait of the underbelly of the American Dream.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not about Marriage on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
Back to top