Heavenly Days

Heavenly Days

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
Beloved Southern chronicler James Wilcox, with his rare blend of hilarity and compassion, is a novelist whose work has been featured in both Harold Bloom's The Western Canon and GQ's recent list of the forty-five best fiction books published in the last forty-five years.

Tula Springs, Louisiana, first created by Wilcox two decades ago, is striving to find its foothold in a disarmingly modern world. So, for that matter, is Lou Jones-middle aged, sensitive, and gutsy-who lives in a $295,000 Cajun cabin and works as the receptionist at a fundamentalist health emporium in a defunct train station. It's the only job in town that doesn't require computer literacy and she earns three times what the state college paid her for teaching music theory. Soon the bemused Lou finds herself embroiled with the North American Bassoon Society, a gun-toting tax assessor, her maid's enigmatic polite-society mother, her laid-off husband's obsession with his childhood home, and the theft of a much-disputed ornate dresser. Heavenly Days is James Wilcox at his best, a gift to his longtime readers and to a whole generation of new ones.

Baker & Taylor
Striving to find a foothold in the modern world despite her lack of computer skills, receptionist Lou Jones finds her life unexpectedly complicated by a music society, a gun-wielding tax assessor, a busybody mother, and her unemployed husband. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In Heavenly Days, his first novel in five years, James Wilcox returns to the familiar landscape of Tula Springs, Louisiana, and introduces a sweetly hapless heroine trying to come to terms with a way of life for which she is utterly unequipped. Lou Jones - middle-aged, well educated, and faultlessly sensitive - has found herself unaccountably living in a $295,000 faux-Cajun cabin (her husband's dream house) and working as the receptionist in a fundamentalist health emporium housed in a defunct train station. Hardly the thing for a Ph.D. in music theory, yet Lou consoles herself with making valuable contributions to the American Bassoon Society's newsletter, and with drawing the town's spiritually needy citizens into her beneficent orbit. But her well-meaning interventions soon involve her in a series of increasingly complicated misunderstandings, as she become embroiled in evading a gun-toting tax collector, trying to befriend her aloof housekeeper and her unnervingly elegant mother, waging an ongoing and fruitless battle over the ownership of her husband's childhood home, and wrestling with a hotly disputed loblolly dresser. These are all distractions, though, from Lou's true, if unacknowledged, aim: to find the grace of heaven in the days of her own life through the bonds of love.

Baker
& Taylor

Striving to find a foothold in the modern world, receptionist Lou Jones finds her life unexpectedly complicated by a music society, a gun-wielding tax assessor, a busybody mother, and her unemployed husband.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
ISBN: 9780670032471
0670032476
Branch Call Number: F WIL
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 24 cm

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