The Love Letter Hack
by Michael Brondoli (fiction) 0-9602424-7-3 (1979. Second edition with graphics by Mary Beath in 1982.)
Brondoli studied with Reynolds Price at Duke and hung out with the
crowd around Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop in Providence and his first
novella was published by McPherson & Co., as part of their Treacle
Story series. We published his second novella. Our book was eventually
incorporated into Brondoli's North Point Press collection, Showdown.
The style is "Providence Baroque." Very influenced by Tom
Ahern, the Waldrops, the Gizzi's, and Jaimy Gordon. Nobody knows where
Brondoli is now. Last I heard he was roaming the Outer Banks.
"Michael Brondoli is so at home in the Turkish bazaars
that it's hard to believe he's a homegrown Virginian . . . Brondoli
hacks his way through a plethora of no-account novels and novellas,
and assures himself of a future-and presence-in American literature
. . . ."
"A first book from this press, and a very fine beginning, indeed. A very touching and wryly humorous account of love and absence from home." - Library Journal
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