The Laughing Place: A Novel

Paperback | May 15, 1995

byPam Durban

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John and Louise Vess have conducted their lives seamlessly and honorably in the South Carolina home that has been in their family for generations. Upon John's sudden death, their daughter Annie-also a recent widow-returns to comfort Louise. But Annie finds all has changed: a gigantic artificial lake has flooded the woods she remembers, her sensible mother spouts born-again homilies, and her father's reputation is threatened by a long-hidden scandal.

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In this wise, lyrical, and engrossing first novel--a rich blend of enchantinglanguage and eloquent storytelling--a woman unearths the secrets of her SouthCarolina home and family. "A compelling story of love and family ties".--JillMcCorkle, The Boston Sunday Globe

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John and Louise Vess have conducted their lives seamlessly and honorably in the South Carolina home that has been in their family for generations. Upon John's sudden death, their daughter Annie-also a recent widow-returns to comfort Louise. But Annie finds all has changed: a gigantic artificial lake has flooded the woods she remember...

Pam Durban is the author of a story collection, All Set About With Fever Trees. She has received a Rinehart Award, a Whiting Writer's Award, and a Crazyhorse Fiction Award. She lives in Atlanta and teaches at Georgia State University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.3 × 6.36 × 1.07 inPublished:May 15, 1995Publisher:Picador

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ISBN - 10:0312131100

ISBN - 13:9780312131104

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From Our Editors

In this wise, lyrical, and engrossing first novel--a rich blend of enchantinglanguage and eloquent storytelling--a woman unearths the secrets of her SouthCarolina home and family. "A compelling story of love and family ties".--JillMcCorkle, The Boston Sunday Globe

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"Superb . . . Pam Durban emerges as a forceful novelist." -The New York Times Book Review

"A knockout of a first novel, and an impressive piece of work by any standard." -Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Her language is strong, evocative, often wry . . . The Laughing Place is pleasurable, as well as affecting, reading." -Valerie Sayers, The Washington Post Book World