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A Meaningful Life (New York Review Books Classics)
by LJ Davis
Binding: Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Weight: 0.55 pound
Dimension: H: 0.5 x L: 7.8 x W: 5.1 inches
ISBN 10: 1590173007
ISBN 13: 9781590173008
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L.J. Davis s 1971 novel, A Meaningful Life, is a blistering black comedy about the American quest for redemption through real estate and a gritty picture of New York City in collapse. Just out of college, Lowell Lake, the Western born hero of Davis s novel, heads to New York, where he plans to make it big as a writer. Instead he finds a job as a technical editor, at which he toils away while passion leaks out of his marriage to a nice Jewish girl. Then Lowell discovers a beautiful crumbling mansion in a crime ridden section of Brooklyn, and against all advice, not to mention his wife s will, sinks his every penny into buying it. He quits his job, moves in, and spends day and night on demolition and construction. At last he has a mission: he will dig up the lost history of his house; he will restore it to its past grandeur. He will make good on everything that s gone wrong with his life, and he will even murder to do it.


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