The Layout

The Layout

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When a Depression-era southern town suffers a series of inexplicable tragedies, life is interrupted for its denizensa€”including a womanizing mayor, the abused wife of a sullen locomotive engineer, an honest but compromised police chief, a minister that seems to levitate, a dying junk dealer, a Black preacher caught between two worlds, a brutal company guard, a diminutive railroad executive and master manipulator, and a group of church ladies prone to gossip. Seventy years later, in Southern California, these stories are interwoven into the social trials of Taylor Bedskirt, a solitary widower with an obsession for trains, who falls desperately under the spell of an aggressive and careworn waitress, earns cautious acclaim from like-minded enthusiasts, and attempts to ward off a sister intent upon giving him a a€œnormala€ life. What ensues is a trenchant and often humorous exploration of the fictions we create and how we come to believe them.And in the center on a pedestal, a full sized streetcar a€” a short, opena€” sided Brill foura€”wheeler that never ran anywhere ... The TVa#39;s will be on, the kids queued deep at the video games, and Patsy Cline will be belting it out over the severalanbsp;...

Title:The Layout
Author: J. David Robbins
Publisher:iUniverse - 2011-07-13

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