WHEN THE LIGHT GOES by Larry McMurtry - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOKSee all titles by Larry McMurtry.
In this masterful and often surprising sequel to the acclaimed Duane's Depressed, the Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning author of Lonesome Dove
has written a haunting, elegiac, and occasionally erotic novel about
one of his most beloved characters. Duane Moore first made his
appearance in The Last Picture Showand, like his author, he has aged but not lost his vigor or his taste for life.
Back from a two-week trip to Egypt, Duane finds he cannot readjust to
life in Thalia, the small, dusty, West Texas hometown in which he has
spent all of his life. In the short time he was away, it seems that
everything has changed alarmingly. It's as if Duane cannot
find any solace or familiarity in Thalia and cannot even bring himself
to revisit the house he shared for decades with his late wife, Karla,
and their children and grandchildren. He spends his days aimlessly
riding his bicycle (already a sign of serious eccentricity in West
Texas) and living in his cabin outside town. The more he tries to get
back to the rhythm of his old life, the more he realizes that he should
have left Thalia long ago -- indeed everybody he cared for seems to
have moved on without him, to new lives or to death.
consolation is meeting the young, attractive geologist, Annie Cameron,
whom Dickie has hired to work out of the Thalia office. Annie is
brazenly seductive, yet oddly cold, young enough to be Duane's daughter,
or worse, and Duane hasn't a clue how to handle her. He's also in love
with his psychiatrist, Honor Carmichael, who after years of rebuffing
him, has decided to undertake what she feels is Duane's very necessary
sex reeducation, opening him up to some major, life-changing surprises.
For the lesson of When the Light Goes is that where
there's life, there is indeed hope -- Duane, widowed, displaced from
whatever is left of his own life, suddenly rootless in the middle of
his own hometown, and at risk of death from a heart that also doesn't
seem to be doing its job, is in the end saved by sex, by love, and by
his own compassionate and intense interest in other people and the
surprises they reveal. At once realistic and life-loving,
often hilariously funny, and always moving, though without a touch of
sentimentality, Larry McMurtry has opened up a new chapter in Duane's
life and, in doing so, written one of his finest and most compelling
novels to date, doing for Duane what he did so triumphantly for Aurora
in Terms of Endearment.