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Fool for Love

(2008)
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The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. May, a disheveled young woman, sits dejectedly on a rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer, crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console May, who is distressed by Eddie's frequent absences and love affairs, she seems, at first, to soften but then she suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, and the action becomes, at times, physically violent, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent they cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion. The poignancy of their situation (they are half-brother and half-sister as well as lovers) is pointed out by the play's two other characters: a hapless young man who stops by to take May to the movies and becomes the butt of Eddie's funniest yet most humiliating jokes; and a ghostly old man (perhaps their father) who sits in a rocking chair at the side of the stage, sipping whiskey and commenting wryly on what he observes. Eventually May and Eddie tire of their struggle and embrace but it is evident that the respite is temporary and that their love, the curse of the past which haunts them, will remain forever damned and hopeless.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Sam Shepard's Fool for Love

Hardback Editions

December 1983 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fool For Love
Author(s): Sam Shepard
ISBN: 0-87286-151-1 / 978-0-87286-151-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: City Lights Books
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Paperback Editions

September 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fool for Love
Author(s): Sam Shepard
ISBN: 0-571-13365-7 / 978-0-571-13365-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sam Shepard
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October 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fool for Love - Acting Edition (Acting Edition for Theater Productions)
Author(s): Sam Shepard
ISBN: 0-8222-0415-0 / 978-0-8222-0415-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
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January 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fool for Love & the Sad Lament of Pecos Bill
Author(s): Sam Shepard
ISBN: 0-87286-150-3 / 978-0-87286-150-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
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1983 : Paperback
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Title: Fool For Love
Author(s): Sam Shepard
Publisher: City Lights
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Kindle Editions

January 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fool for Love & the Sad Lament of Pecos Bill
Author(s): Sam Shepard
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU