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After a family tragedy, a man chases consolation - or is it oblivion? - by traveling through some seedy locales of place and spirit

Early on in Hob Broun's second novel, the mother of the unnamed narrator, a failed actress, commits suicide by putting her head through a television. That fact, together with our hero's desire for his ex-girlfriend's older sister, prompts a radical departure as he quits his job cataloging old television shows and sets off on a westward journey. Pursuing solace in unlikely places, he embarks on a string of just-as-unlikely romances, including ones with a motel maid and an archaeology professor. But can anything distract him from the painful emptiness within? In the desert, finally free of society, a self-reckoning awaits.

Bracing in its vision, Inner Tube is a fearless and often bitingly funny novel about what happens when our civilized veneers are shed.

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Hardback Editions

July 1985 : USA Hardback

Author(s): Hob Broun
ISBN: 0-394-54201-0 / 978-0-394-54201-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

August 1987 : USA Paperback

Title: Inner Tube
Author(s): Hob Broun
ISBN: 0-07-008174-3 / 978-0-07-008174-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill Book Co (Mm)
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Inner Tube: A Novel
Author(s): Hob Broun
Publisher: Open Road Media
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