Luther Mathias sells "snake oil" in scrubby West Texas dirt towns. He learns that substance is never a substitute for style and eventually develops his own remedies that promise to cure any ailment a man might suffer. In time, his imagination and ambition combine to mold him into medicine's version of Elmer Gantry: loved and hated, imponderably wealthy and famous, powerful and pursued.

The Very Air is a compelling exploration of human motives and hidden meanings. It is a detailed picture of America's myth of the rugged individual in the psychological and narrative tradition of The Great Gatsby and Citizen Kane. With a resonant sense of the period and culture, Douglas Bauer evokes the freewheeling feel of the old Southwest in the charlatans of our own era. The Very Air shows, through storytelling both exhilarating and chilling, that the past is prologue and that our personal histories indeed shape the course of our individual futures.



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Hardback Editions

September 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Very Air: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-688-09460-0 / 978-0-688-09460-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Very Air: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 1-60938-268-4 / 978-1-60938-268-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
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December 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Very Air
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-8050-7113-X / 978-0-8050-7113-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt
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September 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Very Air: A Novel
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-8050-4301-2 / 978-0-8050-4301-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
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