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Oyster: A Novel
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ecco Pr
Publication date July 1, 2003
Pages 291
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060514471
ISBN-10 0060514477
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $13.99
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Summary
A rivalry between two Louisiana oystering families erupts in 1957 when Felix and Mathilde Petitjean offer their young daughter, Therese, in marriage to fifty-two-year-old Horse Bruneau, who holds the papers on their boat and house and harbors long-time feelings for Mathilde. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
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With comparisons to Flaubert, Chekhov, and Faulkner, O. Henry Award-winner John Biguenet earned wide acclaim for his debut short-story collection, The Torturer's Apprentice. In his astonishing first novel, Oyster, he demonstrates the same mastery of craft and rigor of vision that led critics across the country to join Robert Olen Butler in praising this "important new writer."

Set on the Louisiana coast in 1957, Oyster recounts the engrossing tale of a deadly rivalry between two families. To avoid ruin after years of declining oyster crops, Felix and Mathilde Petitjean offer their young daughter, Therese, in marriage to 52-year-old Horse Bruneau, who holds the papers on their boat and house. Bruneau has spent his life as Felix's rival for both the Petitjeans' century-old oyster beds and, as we learn, Mathilde. But as Therese explains to Horse one night as they float in a pirogue alone in the marsh, "I don't get bought for the price of no damn boat."

The spiraling violence of Oyster and the seething passions behind it drive an unpredictable tale of murder and revenge in which two women and the men who desire them play out a drama as elemental and inexorable as a Greek tragedy.



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Hardcover
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from Ecco Pr (June 1, 2002)
9780060198367 | details & prices | 304 pages | 7.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $23.95
About: A bitter rivalry between two oyster fishing families in Louisiana during the 1950s leads to tragedy.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Ecco Pr (July 1, 2003)
9780060514471 | details & prices | 291 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $13.99
About: A bitter rivalry between two oyster fishing families in Louisiana during the 1950s leads to tragedy.

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