Fat City
Fat City
A Novel
Leonard Gardner

Introduction by Denis Johnson


Recommended by Peter, City Lights Books

Fat City is a vivid novel of allegiance and defeat, of the potent promise of the good life and the desperation and drink that waylay those whom it eludes. Stockton, California, is the setting: the Lido Gym, the Hotel Coma, Main Street lunchrooms and dingy bars, days like long twilights in houses obscured by untrimmed shrubs and black walnut trees. When two men meet in the ring—the retired boxer Billy Tully and the newcomer Ernie Munger—their brief bout sets into motion their hidden fates, initiating young Munger into the company of men and luring Tully back into training. In a dispassionate and composed voice, Leonard Gardner narrates their swings of fortune, and the stubborn optimism of their manager, Ruben Luna, as he watches the most promising boys one by one succumb to some undefined weakness; still, "There was always someone who wanted to fight."

Title Fat City
Subtitle A Novel
Author Leonard Gardner
Introduction by Denis Johnson
Publisher NYRB Classics
Title First Published 08 September 2015
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 200 p.
ISBN-10 1590178920
ISBN-13 9781590178928
Publication Date 08 September 2015
Main content page count 200
Weight 16 oz.
 


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