One of the pleasures of reading the novel is experiencing its sheer variety of actual things. At times you expect him, like Thoreau, to up and list the cost and quantity of materials it took for his characters to live their outlaw life. Gutters and downspouts of an old farmhouse become clogged by a family of mice, making the rain cascade off its roof. Old, wide oak floorboards will be pillaged in the 80’s for “dining tables and lustrous bars for ostentatious restaurants.”
Tussing will be reading from his novel on Thursday, at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne.