When the Light Goes

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When the Light Goes: A Novel By Larry McMurtry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416534273
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 18th, 2008

McMurtry's characters, introduced to readers in The Last Picture Show, are considerably older but no less quirky, memorable, or original. Duane Moore, who has pretty much retired from the oil business, is now a widower. He prefers to live in solitude in a remote cabin rather than amongst his colorful family, each member of whom is going through his or her own personal trauma. In addition to his wife, Duane is also quietly mourning the loss of female companionship. After being told of the necessity for a triple bypass operation, he could hardly anticipate the twelve hours of sexual abandon that he spends with his psychiatrist, who has been devastated by the sudden death of her own lover. By turns raunchy and bittersweetly touching, When the Light Goes is blessed with its author's fine sense of place. One can almost feel the Texas sun beating down and taste the dust in the air. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves