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Cage's Bend (Hardcover): Carter Coleman
Cage's Bend (Hardcover): Carter Coleman

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Cage's Bend (Hardcover)

Carter Coleman

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A family saga from second-novelist Coleman (The Volunteer, 1998) ranges across 30 years and touches three coasts as it unfolds the private dramas of a Protestant bishop and his wife and children. The prevailing stereotype depicts preachers' children as holy terrors with a capacity for messing themselves up, but Cage, Nick and Harper Rutledge are nice, soft-spoken southern boys who misbehave in all the most normal ways (drinking, girls) and don't seem the least bit maimed for having spent most of their childhood in parsonages. Their father, Franklin, is now the bishop of Tennessee, but the boys grew up mostly in Louisiana, where he was pastor of a number of churches. Later in life, however, a deep shadow is cast across the family when Nick (then a student at Berkeley) dies in a car crash on the Golden Gate Bridge. This sets off a time bomb of grief in the two surviving boys, neither of them able to return to normal life afterward. Harper gives up a lucrative career on Wall Street, falls prey to drunkenness and promiscuity, and eventually becomes a kind of itinerant carpenter moving back and forth between Nantucket and Louisiana. Cage sinks even farther, into the very depths of depression. While staying with his brother in Nantucket, he makes the mistake of attacking a police officer and is remanded by the court to a hospital for the criminally insane. His family eventually manages to get him released, but in the interim he has to live through the horrors of the damned. He also begins receiving visits from his dead brother's ghost. Is Cage truly insane? Or is there more to his father's business than Cage had always thought? Healing is a slow, painful process-but it's a good deal easier with some help from another world. A fresh, original account of domestic love and loss that offers interesting characters, brisk narrative and unusual settings. (Kirkus Reviews)
Cage, Nick, and Harper appear to be the archetypal sons of the ideal American family of the 1960's and 70's. The firstborn, Cage, is the golden boy-star athlete and scholar, adventurous, handsome, and preternaturally popular; Nick is the quiet, late-blooming middle son, and Harper, 10 years younger, chases after his older siblings, trying not to be left out. With the tragic death of Nick in the 1980's, the break- down of the family begins. Cage's guilt triggers incipient mental illness, and the next two decades find him swinging between mania and depression, between grim institutions and comebacks. Harper, who achieved early success on Wall Street, is torn between wanting to help his brother and seeking escape from his ghosts via an endless stream of woman.

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Imprint: Time Warner International
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2005
Authors: Carter Coleman
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-57661-1
Barcode: 9780446576611
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
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LSN: 0-446-57661-1

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