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Gone Tomorrow

P.F. Kluge

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-090-2
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When George Canaris, a writing professor on the verge of forced retirement at a small college in Ohio, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, he is the first faculty member in half a century whose death merits an obituary in The New York Times. A writer, a critic, a professor, a campus legend and a national figure, the very embodiment of the liberal arts, says the paper. And a mystery. Compared to Faulkner and Dos Passos at the start of his career, the Times observed, in the end he resembled Harper Lee.

With a book listed among the one hundred greatest novels of all time, decades now separating him from the hefty advance taken on his next book, The Beast, and not a page to show of it, Canaris is an enigma. Inevitably, speculation grows that the book was a myth, a lie, a joke.

Upon his death, Mark May, a young English professor who barely knew him finds himself named as Canariss literary executor and begins a search through lives and letters that is at once gripping, hilarious, and affirming. A true page-turner, Gone Tomorrow is equal parts Richard Russo and Michael Chabon, and yet entirely unlike anything youve ever read.

Praise for Gone Tomorrow:
"A sharply observed yet tender novel of academic life and its many sand traps." -New York Times

"George Canaris, the narrator of P.F. Kluge's sparkling new novel Gone Tomorrow, is a famous writer who takes a job teaching at a small Ohio college and for the next three decades talks about (but fails to publish) his next big book, a mysterious project that he refers to as "the Beast." What, exactly, has Canaris been doing all these years, and what is the nature of the Beast? These are the questions Kluge entertains in this witty and astute tragicomedy about academia and the trajectory of an artist's life. B+"-Entertainment Weekly

One of The Cleveland Plain Dealers Top 10 Fiction titles of 2008

A sparkling new novel, witty and astute. Entertainment Weekly

Kluge has dozens of gorgeous, wrenching passages, details, throw-away observations. He can really write, like a man who means it.San Francisco Chronicle

The novel unspools into a wry, wise and literary pleasure.Cleveland Plain Dealer

Praise for P.F. Kluge:
Dazzles from the first page and intrigues from the first shrewd twist of its plot.Martin Scorsese

A deeply talented writer who can show us the whole world inside out.The Boston Globe

About the author
Novelist, journalist and teacher, P.F. Kluge is writer in residence at Kenyon College. His seven previous novels include Eddie and The Cruisers and Biggest Elvis. His non-fiction books include The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia and Alma Mater, an account of a year in the life of Kenyon College. Two films, Dog Day Afternoon and Eddie and The Cruisers, have been based on his work. His journalism appears in National Geographic Traveler, where he is a contributing editor, and elsewhere. He lives in Gambier, Ohio.

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