Pick-Up: A Library of America eBook Classic

November 7, 2017|
Pick-Up: A Library of America eBook Classic by Charles Willeford
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First published as an unheralded paperback original, Pick-Up is an authentic underground classic, an explosive bulletin from the urban underbelly of mid-1950s America. It was Charles Willeford’s second novel, after a rough and wandering earlier life that had taken him from Depression-era hobo camps and soup kitchens to wartime battlefields. The unblinking story of two lost and self-destructive drifters—a failed painter working as a counterman in a cheap diner and a woman in flight from domestic violence—trying to find a place for themselves in the back streets of San Francisco, Pick-Up is hardboiled writing at its nihilistic best: Willeford’s preferred title for the book was Until I Am Dead. Its bleak vision of life beyond the edge is haunted by rape, racism, alcoholism, suicide, and inescapable poverty, yet shot through with a tenderness and compassion sustained against all odds in a society offering few breaks to its outcasts and misfits. Pick-Up’s many twists and violent turns culminate in an ending that continues to surprise, confirming it as what critic Woody Haut has called “a razor-sharp narrative that rips open the genre.”

Title:Pick-Up: A Library of America eBook ClassicFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:Library of AmericaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1598535722

ISBN - 13:9781598535723

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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