Now It's Time to Say Goodbye (free read online) by Dale Peck


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Now It's Time to Say Goodbye

In small town America of Divine a black hustler who's slept with as many men as he can seduce of Wade Painter a white artist insulated by his wealth and hermitlike existence of Webbie Greeving a budding academic called back to take care of her disabled father; and of Myra Robinson the grieving mother who lost her daughter long before she was kidnapped As their stories unfold we learn the true story of Galatea's dark past and even darker future of E. I still contend that Dale Peck is the best writer working in this century although he s taken a turn from his fiction and writes primarily essays and reviews for a number of magazinesThis was probably his most universally appealing novel that no one has read the stories and slow reveals as divulged by various townspeople surrounding the rape of a young woman Like peeling an avocado each chapter lays bare the secrets and frailities of the town its sister city on the other side of the tracks and the citizens

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On the run from the AIDS epidemic and in search of their own lost love Colin Nieman and Justin Time abandon New York City for the tiny Kansas village of Galatea Racially polarized and desperately poor the town is dominated by Rosemary Krebs a white matriarch determined to resurrect her lost Southern childhood and Abraham Greeving the black preacher who will do anything to stop her Now It's Time to Say Goodbye is the story of violence and prejudice. I read this some years ago I d thought Martin and John fairly interesting This novel wasn t And around this time Peck began writing savage reviews later collected as Hatchet Jobs in a manner that seemed to me kind of dully vicious I actually enjoy viciousness And niceness As long as they re incisive or challenging or well written I would read a book called Scalpel Work Hatchets aren t known for their precision Neither is Peck Dull is a good ualifier for this novel tooThis essay by Jen Doll at The Atlantic is excellent and a useful historical context for the current Goodreads kerfuffle The essay was prompted by a flare up at over a review of a novel by Emily Giffin tha

Dale Peck á 8 SUMMARY

Ric Johnson an albino black man lynched because of the color of his skin and of Lucy Robinson the white teenager who must pay for her parents' crimesNow It's Time to Say Goodbye is a literary thriller writ large An astonishing achievement that recalls the work of James Baldwin and Carson McCullers it marks a bold new direction for a young novelist already recognized as one of the most elouent voices of his generation Michiko Kakutani New York times. Struggled with this one I know I probably didn t get the most from this book as I could tell there was a lot of deep meaning within it but I found it fairly hard going and not an enjoyable read but then with the subject matter that was probably to be expected


10 thoughts on “Now It's Time to Say Goodbye

  1. says:

    I read this some years ago I'd thought Martin and John fairly interesting This novel wasn't And around this time Peck beg

  2. says:

    I couldn’t finish this one But I want to give it another go It’s filled with lurid ueens which is my stomping ground certainly Gee that was a poor mix of images wasn’t it? Well let me just add that I’m pro ueen to the hilt

  3. says:

    I don't think there are enough words for me to describe how much I loved this book as I was reading it and how much I still love it almost ten

  4. says:

    I still contend that Dale Peck is the best writer working in this century although he's taken a turn from his fiction and writes primarily essays and reviews for a number of magazinesThis was probably his most universally appealing novel that no one has read the stories and slow reveals as divulged by various to

  5. says:

    Ratings 1 to 5Writing 4Plot 5Characters 5Emotional impact 4Overall rating 45

  6. says:

    Dale Peck is clearly a talented writer and storyteller As an aspiring writer myself I can certainly appreciate the deft with which this novel painted a strikingly vivid portrait of two remote racially divided fictional Kansas towns through the alternating first person accounts of their various inhabitants And yet I can't say I enj

  7. says:

    Although there were elements of this book I really didn't like there was so much much that I loved Wonderful characterisation raw e

  8. says:

    Struggled with this one I know I probably didn't get the most from this book as I could tell there was a lot of deep meaning within it but I found it fairly hard going and not an enjoyable read but then with the subject matter that

  9. says:

    Nothing else like it in the world

  10. says:

    For many years after I read this book I thought I had made it up I couldn't remember the title or the author or even what it looked like Now that I've found it again I see if everywhere I go It is exactly what it's billed as a dark gay southern Gothic There's a mystery at the heart of it and I remember a deception of the reader in regards to the two main characters but not a lot else The book itself is written very lushly with gr

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