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Summer 2011 (August 4, 2011 at 12:00 am)

Going to Patchogue


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July 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

Going to PatchogueBy Thomas McGonigle’66

Dalkey Archive Press

Champaign, Ill., first paperback ed. 2010  

Part autobiographical fiction, part travel narrative, Thomas McGonigle’s second novel explores place as a form of identity—how where we are can shape who we are—in the form of a narrator’s return to his adolescent home of Patchogue, N.Y. Divided into three sections, the book explores the travel to, the being in, and the departure from the narrator’s home city and destinations abroad.

Through a mercurial narrative style which includes elements of poetry, playwriting, signs, and handwritten notes, Going to Patchogue follows the traditional tale of a wanderer attempting to find some shred of paradise in the form of resolution.

“While many may find this literate and haunting novel difficult,” says Publishers Weekly, “others will treasure it as an exploration of those recesses of the mind where we can be most honestly ourselves.”

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