ISBN: 1611177766
EAN13: 9781611177763
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 8, 2017
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.79" H x 9.29" L x 6.18" W
Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

The Ex-Suicide: A Mountain Brook Novel

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The Ex-Suicide, Katherine Clark's fourth Mountain Brook novel, is a satirical comedy of manners about a prominent Alabama family living across the street from the Birmingham Country Club. The house happens to be where the writer Walker Percy lived as a child with his family until his father committed suicide in the attic with a shotgun. The only son of the current residents, Hamilton Ham Whitmire has several Ivy League degrees as well as a generous trust fund but is striving mainly to be an ex-suicide, as defined by Percy's writings. As a result of Ham's intellectual aspirations and philosophical principles, and thanks to his trust fund, he has succeeded only in figuring out what he does not want to do with his life. Unfortunately this comprises just about all known occupations, but especially any involving the family business, which his imperious, society-matron mother insists he take over from his aging father.

When the novel opens, the thirty-seven-year-old son has recently returned to his hometown and taken a teaching position at a historically black college in the other Birmingham--not the one where he grew up. As an anxiety-ridden, panic-attack-prone depressive in a perpetual state of existential crisis, Ham must plan carefully how to get through each day without putting his life in the hands of the mental-health-care professionals. But, Read More chevron_right

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