“Mr. Nova’s unusual sense of drama works wonderfully. . . . [The book’s passages] combine to form the sort of jagged, oddly shaped whole that always makes Mr. Nova’s work so absorbing and promising.”Christopher Lehman-Haupt, The New York Times Book Review
978-0-8021-3913-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2002
Dean Gollancz is a charmer, a gentle man with good looks and an easy smile. He spends most of his days at his print shop, but he longs for the Big Time, and when his day job doesn’t pay the bills, he commits arson for a Chinese gangster in Los Angeles. His son Ray feels an abiding love and loyalty for his father, but when he wins an Ivy League scholarship, he must decide how much of his own life to sacrifice for Dean’s respect.
A novel of heartbreaking beauty by a master of modern American fiction, Craig Nova’s Trombone is a powerful and poignant portrait of the complex ties between father and son, and the way love can come terrifyingly close to destroying them both.