Sunday, September 16, 2012
"I thought happiness was...Texas in my rear view mirror." Song lyrics
Duane Moore is an oil man with huge debts. The town of Thalia exploded in wealth and growth after years of prosperity of the oil business. Then OPEC cut prices and as we learn when Duane describes one of his friends, "Luther owns a small drilling company and is growing broke like everyone else.
Duane enjoys the easy life for himself and his family and does little to remidy the problem he has with the money he owes. The story opens with him in his hot tub, shooting holes in his dog house.
With the centennial celebration coming up, some people wonder who the town should select as special citizens to honor.
While little is happening other than planning for the centennial, Duane spends much of his time reminiscing about his high school days and the glory of small town football.
To top matters off, his old high school girlfriend returns from an acting career in Europe and things get complicated.
The characters are well described and easy to picture. The author has written many stories that have been made into film and he has a knack for describing events as if they were already on the screen.
I did enjoy the characters but never got excited about the book and found it was not up to the level of "The Last Picture Show."