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A Gay and Melancholy Sound

Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries

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The first book in nationally renowned librarian Nancy Pearl’s new Book Lust Rediscoveries series, this lost literary classic is available for the first time in decades. As funny and entertaining as it is captivating and heartrending, A Gay and Melancholy Sound is a shattering depiction of modern disconnection and the tragic consequences of a life bereft of love.

Joshua Bland has lived the kind of life many would define as extraordinary. Born in a small Iowa town to a controlling, delusional mother who had always wanted a daughter rather than a son, her anger at him colors his life. His father, a compassionate drinker incapable of dealing with Joshua’s mother, walks out on his wife and son, leaving a vacuum in the family that is damagingly filled by his tutor-cum-stepfather Petrarch Pavan, scion of a wealthy New York family who has secrets of his own. Playing on Joshua’s brilliance, Petrarch trains him to win a nationwide knowledge competition, but Joshua’s disappointing results in the finals are met with anger and disbelief by both his mother and stepfather. If Petrarch was unsuccessful in teaching Joshua the information he needed to win the contest, he had more success in instilling Joshua with the cynicism, self-doubt, and self-hatred that fill his own soul.

Enlisting in the army during World War II, he serves first as an infantryman, where his irreverent letters home turn him into a bestselling author. Then, as a paratrooper, he meets the physical challenges he thought were beyond his reach and helps free the concentration camps before being wounded as the Allied forces free Buchenwald. Back home after the war, he becomes a wildly successful producer—and all of this by the age of thirty-seven. But when his production company flounders amid critical and financial woes, the reality of who he is becomes perfectly, depressingly clear: he has had a lifetime of extraordinary experiences—and no emotional connection to any of it.


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Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries Series


One Sweet Quarrel
One Sweet Quarrel
Deirdre McNamer
The Lion in the Lei Shop
The Lion in the Lei Shop
Kaye Starbird
After Life
After Life
Rhian Ellis
The Girls From the Five Great Valleys
The Girls From the Five Great Valleys
Elizabeth Savage
The Cowboy and the Cossack
The Cowboy and the Cossack
Clair Huffaker
Fool
Fool
Frederick G. Dillen
One Minus One
One Minus One
Ruth Doan MacDougall
The Last Night at the Ritz
The Last Night at the Ritz
Elizabeth Savage
The Soul of Viktor Tronko
The Soul of Viktor Tronko
David Quammen
A Gay and Melancholy Sound
A Gay and Melancholy Sound
Merle Miller
Plum & Jaggers
Plum & Jaggers
Susan Richards Shreve
The Man in the Window
The Man in the Window
Jon Cohen

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