The Williamson Turn by P. F. KlugeThe Williamson Turn by P. F. Kluge

The Williamson Turn

byP. F. Kluge

Paperback | August 25, 2017

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When you're on a three-and-a-half month voyage around the world, you ought to be able to sit and consider the sea."Will Post, a celebrated and sometimes controversial columnist, is a professor on the MV Explorer's Semester at Sea program, sailing around the world teaching the ups and downs of travel writing, while navigating the discomfort of three months at sea, as well as the uncomfortable truths that many of their stops bring up - poverty, colonialism, and violence, to name a few.A novel of loneliness, death, and friendship, The Williamson Turn deftly explores what it is to be an American traveling the world, and how our relationships to each other can be comforting, challenging, and at times alienating. It is a novel of torch-passing and nostalgia, of dealing with how life turned out, whether or not it was as planned. With P. F. Kluge's deft writing and sharp reflections, The Williamson Turn and its hero Will Post are not soon forgotten. "
Born in Berkeley, Heights, New Jersey,P.F. Kluge attended Kenyon College and the University of Chicago, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps (in Micronesia). He has worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and as an editor at Life magazine. He has written for numerous publications, including Playboy, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, ...
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Title:The Williamson TurnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:August 25, 2017Publisher:Rare Bird BooksLanguage:English

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P. F. Kluge is one of the great chroniclers of human experience. Like Richard Russo and Philip Roth, his stories map the human heart without sentimentality or pretension." - John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars "P.F. Kluge is a national treasure. His prose is irresistible, and his storytelling is masterly. That's why a new book by him constitutes an event. The Williamson Turn is a novel that's a voyage on many levels, including a passage into ourselves, whoever we may be, and the final port of call is pure wonder." - Joseph Di Prisco, author of The Pope of Brooklyn and Subway to California Praise for The Master Blaster "Kluge paints an entertainingly sardonic portrait of the newest part of America, which he presents, more generally, as being emblematic of 'where America ends.'" - Library Journal "This title is recommended for large popular collections for its interesting character development, plot twists, and 'gotcha' ending." - Booklist "As the Master Blaster says of Saipan: 'Americans dream of islands. Islanders dream of America. This is where the dreams converge.' Delving deep into his rich setting, P.F. Kluge patiently lays out a tale of intrigue and ignorance worthy of Graham Greene." - Stewart O'Nan, author of Wish You Were Here "When four lost souls arrive on the same night flight to Saipan, they wager who among them will last the longest. Fear, violence, sex, and money blow like trade winds across this Fantasy Island, a microscopic petri dish of greed and race sweltering in the American Pacific. Kluge is among our finest novelists, and he flexes his muscles over this postage stamp of territory. Like all the greats before him, he saves his best line for last, in this his greatest book." - Tony D'Souza, author of Mule "That voice - jaundiced, seasoned, amused and vibrant as it is - gives The Master Blaster added allure. This is not a young man's book; it's the work of a writer who has seen the world, literally and figuratively, for a long time. The Master Blaster is tinged with thoughts of mortality, but they are offset by a bon vivant's occasional flash of gratitude and beauty." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Kluge, a professor at Kenyon College, is knowing and skillful with the shifting story lines . . . The Master Blaster is an ode to our myth of the fresh start. It's also a sly history lesson about colonial powers and native misrule. It's an expose, seeded when Magellan discovered the archipelago in 1521. It's a love poem to Saipan disguising none of its warts." - Cleveland Plain Dealer "All of these characters along with the Master Blaster have their own narrative threads and Kluge's weaving is intricate and in many places brilliant. Prose and dialogue snap and crackle." - Boston Globe "Kluge's novel follows an increasingly entangled plot as it alternates among the quartet's voices, with interruptions by diatribes from an anonymous local blogger, The Master Blaster, self-appointed guardian of the island's soul. From the often amusing clutter of all these voices, Kluge not only crafts a first-rate mystery, but also demystifies the ways our personal histories and ambitions seem inevitably to debunk even the noblest of our myths." - Shelf Awareness " The Master Blaster is the operator of a bitterly critical blog based on a real site that calls Saipan America's biggest welfare client. The revelation of the bloggers identity is a book dropping stunner." - Akron Beacon Journal Praise for Eddie and the Cruisers "An excellently crafted book. The dialogue is sharp, the book is packed with exquisite description and a surprise ending." - Sunday Journal and Star " Eddie and the Cruisers seems at first glance to be only a smartly written novel about nostalgia for the music of the late 1950s. It quickly proves, however, to be A remarkably good suspense story, full of vivid characters and some hilarious dialogue." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A warm, entertaining, and highly evocative story of youth, music, and growing up in the 1950s." - The Philadelphia Inquirer "Sparkling dialogue, wonderful characterizations and a plot which dazzles." - Enterprise Sun "[A] good mix of everyday blues with old-time bebop." - Booklist Praise for Gone Tomorrow **One of NPR's best books of 2008** **One of the Cleveland Plain Dealer's top 10 Fiction titles of 2008**"A sparkling new novel, witty and astute." - Entertainment Weekly "The novel unspools into a wry, wise and literary pleasure." - Cleveland Plain Dealer "Kluge has dozens of gorgeous, wrenching passages, details, throw-away observations. He can really write, like a man who means it." - San Francisco Chronicle "