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Duane came from little, managed to amass a fortune, then, thanks to an oil glut, comes close to losing it all, figuritively and mentally. His children are out of control, his wife, Karla, believes in "open marriage" and she's frequently out of sorts with Duane because he doesn't take to that lifestyle with the same gusto as she. His main complaint regarding her affairs, however, deal more with her taste in men than his jealousy. Her favorite means of expression consists of wearing t-shirts printed with misquoted country song lyrics. He is confused by his wild-natured children, his employees, and his friends, and their wives. His circumstances become further confused when his high school sweetheart, who has enjoyed minor success as an actress in foreign films, returns to Texasville after the loss of her youngest child. The resulting story in "laugh out loud" and touching at once.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   midlife crisis    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)    -   eccentric nature Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Lot of foul language?    -   Yes

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