Running the Bulls (Hardback)
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Running the Bulls (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 15/11/2006
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One year and six days into an unsatisfactory retirement, Howard Woods is awakened by his wife in the early hours of the morning to hear the news of a decades-old betrayal. He does not take it well. Howard upends his well-ordered life and, to the dismay of his family, announces his intention of traveling to Spain to join the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona. Having thrown his life into chaos, Howard finds that his wife is no longer willing to restore it to order as she has always done in the past. He is now miserably committed to a Hemingway-inspired course of his own choosing but with little idea of how to change it or to achieve the resolution he desires. Instead of at home where he wishes to be, he ends up living at the Holiday Inn. How does a middle-aged man of the Eisenhower era (who still can't do his own laundry) survive in the age of cell phones and cable TV? The result is hilarious and, at times, achingly poignant.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584654872
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"That master juggler of literary tears and laughter is at it again: Cathie Pelletier's Running the Bulls is a ribald, ruminating, and redemptive read." -- Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone
"Running the Bulls is an intriguing coming of age character study in which an obviously intelligent grandfather learns about life as he emulates his childhood heroes especially Hemingway... This bittersweet portrait is family drama at its realistic best as Cathie Pelletier provides a potent and poignant portrayal of the frailty of relationships." --MBR Bookwatch
"As sure and accomplished as anything she has written."--Bangor Daily News
"Memorable characters . . . they showcase Pelletier's gift for keen and touching observations of the mundane dark matter of suburban life."--Down East
"Pelletier's lively writing style is rich in imagery and humor . . . I like her spirited defense of Ernest Hemingway."--Maine Sunday Telegram

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