"On Friday afternoon, Alice watched her husband die on television..."

Alice is a former social worker who runs a state agency for delinquent adolescents. But when she tries to help Jimmy, a homeless youth she finds sleeping in her garage, she gets in over her head.

Alice's husband Sebastian is an actor, a soap-opera star suffering from a midlife crisis, who abandons the financial security of the soaps and the off-Broadway company he manages to make a dubious film overseas.

Alice has a younger brother, Mark, a former hippie with a math degree, whose wife Celia has supported him for years. Celia is the lighting designer for Sebastian's theater, longing for wider horizons and a baby before she is thirty-five.

Then there's Claire, Alice and Sebastian's daughter, a back-packing tomboy who wants nothing to do with her parents' social milieu, or with the opposite sex. Until she meets Jimmy.

Jimmy is the catalyst, a young man in search of an identity. It is his interaction with all of these personalities against a background of supporting characters - actors, both has-beens and will-bes, a drunken, redneck playwright, the special twilight people known as the stage crew, social workers, cab drivers, nosy neighbors, and assorted crazies - that brings to life a cross-section of one neighborhood in a small town called New York City.

First published in 1981, this reissue has been tweaked a bit, but not without losing its original sense of time and place.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Margaret Wander Bonanno's Callbacks

Hardback Editions

December 1981 : USA Hardback

Title: Callbacks
Author(s): Margaret Wander Bonanno
ISBN: 0-87223-718-4 / 978-0-87223-718-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seaview Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Callbacks
Author(s): Margaret Wander Bonanno
Publisher: Van Wander Press
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