Hard Rain Falling
Hard Rain Falling
Don Carpenter

Introduction by George Pelecanos

Recommended by Peter, City Lights Books

Don Carpenter's Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class—married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end.

Title Hard Rain Falling
Author Don Carpenter
Introduction by George Pelecanos
Publisher NYRB Classics
Title First Published 08 September 2009
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 1590173244
ISBN-13 9781590173244
Publication Date 08 September 2009
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.

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