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Lives of Short Duration

(1981)
A novel by

 
 
The Terris are engaging people, but they are a family in collapse. Alcoholism, drugs, and loveless sex have reduced them to a petty and wasted bunch. Worse, they typify aspects of the larger community besieged by financial woes and by creeping economic and cultural Americanization.

What David Adams Richards accomplishes is no mean feat: his characters are at times vicious, sleazy, and even outright dim, yet he manages to entitle them to the interest and sympathy of the reader.

Even more now than at its first publication in 1981, Lives of Short Duration's sharp, essential insights have significance for readers seeking to understand the modern Canadian predicament.



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September 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Lives of Short Duration
Author(s): David Adams Richards
ISBN: 0-7710-9429-9 / 978-0-7710-9429-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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April 1993 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Lives of Short Duration
Author(s): David Adams Richards
ISBN: 0-7710-9886-3 / 978-0-7710-9886-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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March 1986 : Canada Mass Market Paperback

Title: Lives of Short Duration
Author(s): David Adams Richards
ISBN: 0-7710-9336-5 / 978-0-7710-9336-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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1981 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Lives of short duration, a novel
Author(s): David Adams Richards
ISBN: 0-88750-412-4 / 978-0-88750-412-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Oberon Press
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1981 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Lives of short duration: A novel
Author(s): David Adams Richards
ISBN: 0-88750-411-6 / 978-0-88750-411-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Oberon
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