Later, at the Bar
A group of barflies shares their life challenges during regular visits to a favorite drinking spot, in a tale that features such characters as a drunken advice columnist who eschews her own recommendations, an ex-con who falls for the same woman repeatedly, and a soup-maker who finds himself unable to talk to the woman he loves. Original. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.
Simon and Schuster
Lucy's Tavern is the best kind of small-town bar. It has a good jukebox, a bartender with a generous pour, and it's always open, even in terrible weather. In the raw and beautiful country that makes up Rebecca Barry's fictional landscape, Lucy's is where everyone ends up, whether they mean to or not.
There's the tipsy advice columnist who has a hard time following her own advice, the ex-con who falls for the same woman over and over again, and the soup-maker who tries to drink and cook his way out of romantic despair. Theirs are the kinds of stories about love and life that unfold late in the evening, when people finally share their secret hopes and frailties, because they know you will forgive them, or maybe make out with them for a little while. In this rich and engaging debut, each central character suffers a sobering moment of clarity in which the beauty and sadness of life is revealed. But the character does not cry or mend his ways. Instead he tips back his hat, lights another unfiltered cigarette, and heads across the floor to ask someone to dance.
A poignant exploration of the sometimes tender, sometimes deeply funny ways people try to connect, Later, at the Bar is as warm and inviting as a good shot of whiskey on a cold winter night.
a novel in stories
Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007
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10 stories each focused on a regular at Lucy's bar over a long upstate New York winter.
NYPL Staff Pick
A supreme debut novel. 10 stories each focused on a regular at Lucy's over a long upstate NY weekend. The book is addictive and funny with characters so real you will be sure you saw them two bar stools down last week. A must read for anyone who likes a novel of stories.
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