Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not about Marriage
within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, sooner than he earned nationwide popularity of his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter used to be a newspaper columnist. per week, in a couple of hundred phrases, Dexter minimize on to the guts of the yank personality at a time of nationwide turmoil and an important switch. With haunting urgency, his columns laid naked the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he observed at the streets of Philadelphia and within the locations he visited around the state. yet he reveled, too, within the lighter part of his personal existence, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their younger daughter, and a chain of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. it doesn't matter what stuck Dexter's eye, it was once illuminated by way of his darkish, tremendous humor.
Collected the following for the 1st time are eighty-two of the easiest of these spellbinding, finely wrought pieces--with a brand new advent by means of the author--assembled via Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling "Sports Illustrated fiftieth Anniversary Book." "Paper Trails" is searing, heart-breaking, and irresistibly humorous, occasionally by surprise. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, those essays "are nearly as good because it ever gets."