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The Resource Walk me to the distance : a novel, Percival Everett

Walk me to the distance : a novel, Percival Everett

Label
Walk me to the distance : a novel
Title
Walk me to the distance
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Percival Everett
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Vietnam veteran David Larson can't go home again. Instead the Georgia native wanders westward into the desolate landscape of Slut's Hole, Wyoming, and seeks to integrate himself amid a hardscrabble cast of memorable locals. David is taken in by Sixbury, a one-legged widow, sheep farmer, and mother to a nearly adult mentally handicapped son. This rough-hewn family unit is later augmented when David becomes the unwilling guardian to Butch, a Vietnamese girl abandoned at a highway rest stop. A tragic turn of events moves the novel into violent territory that bridges western laconic traditions with southern gothic and interrogates our notions of home, family, duty, and the always uncertain responsibilities of the individual in society. First published in 1985, Walk Me to the Distance was Percival Everett's second novel, a hauntingly dark tragicomedy of the modern West, still clinging to a mythical heritage and code of frontier justice. With spare strokes Everett paints a telling landscape of big-sky country, where the mere act of living can be hard, cruel, and heart-stopping. This Southern Revivals edition includes a new introduction by the author and a contextualizing preface from series editor Robert H. Brinkmeyer, director of the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies"--
  • "At the heart of Walk Me to the Distance are tensions that seem to mirror those shaping the competing cultural mythologies of the South and the West: nurturing community vs. radical individualism; place vs. space; the burdensome past vs. the unimagined future--or put more simply, roots vs. routes. But in the story of David Larson, a Vietnam veteran on a road trip into the West, Everett complicates these tensions, in a sense remixing and merging the cultural mythologies, showing us a West that in the end comes to look a good bit like the South, at least in terms of the issues, concerns, and loyalties that shape the lives of the people who live there. When we first meet David, he is headed out from Savannah, Georgia, forsaking home and family (what little there's left) for unknown territory and an unmapped future. After some wayward traveling and mishaps, he ends up on a Wyoming sheep ranch, with an elderly woman, Sixbury, and her mentally challenged son. Rather than moving on, David unexpectedly decides to settle in, committing himself to Sixbury and the ranch, as well as to the community at large. "He'd found a home," David comments. "He liked the people and he loved the terrain." But as David soon learns, the bitterly harsh and largely empty Western landscape, for all its stark beauty, pushes people toward the instinctual and tribal. He learns, too, that commitments to others bring responsibilities that often demand acts simultaneously heroic and terrible"--
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DLC
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Everett, Percival,
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3555.V34
LC item number
W3 2015
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
Southern revival series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Lynching
  • Psychological fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Walk me to the distance : a novel, Percival Everett
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
xiii, 209 pages
Isbn
9781611175400
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2015022526
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
112601014
Label
Walk me to the distance : a novel, Percival Everett
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
xiii, 209 pages
Isbn
9781611175400
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2015022526
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
112601014

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