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Goodnight, Texas

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The town of Goodnight by the Sea lies on a peninsula between two bays, Red Moon and Humosa, and for years its people have struggled to get by, profiting on its shrimping industry, making a few bucks from tourism, especially as a winter retreat for visitors from the Great Lakes. All that is about to change. The shrimping industry is in a slump. The off-shore oil fields are ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Unbridled Books (first published 2006)
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Megan Muehl
Jul 14, 2014 Megan Muehl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the cast of characters helped the story flow
Jul 05, 2008 allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started a little slowly, but really drew me in. It's a portrait of a dying coastal town in Texas. It centers on a love triangle (that eventually becomes a love square) between a 22 year old beauty named Una, her violent boyfriend Gabirel, and a 17 year old high school drop out and photographer named Falk--and eventually Falk's 16 year old cousin Leesha. Well observed and funny and hopeful despite everything that happens.
A nice fictional novel about a small fishing town on the Texas Gulf that had too many adjectives, too much cultural diversity in the population, too dependent on shrimping, too little shrimp left to fish, a dead fish too big for its own good and a too big hurricaine that devastated the region. People in the town dealing with their own loves and lives, and then dealing with life as survivors.
Daniel  Kupchyk
Goodnight is a small coastal Texas town where the fisherman are hard hit with low quantities of fish and shrimp. It tells of some of the inhabitants of the town and how they cope. A hurricane "Tanya" hits the area and lives are changed. Gabriel, Una, Falk, Gusef are some of the characters in the story and how they interact. It is a story of romance, despair, hope, and circumstance.
Dec 06, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 06, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
this was a slower read. not because it wasn't engaging (it was) but the way it's written is more like a long character study than a novel. there is no real plot that i can come up with - it's just about life in this small town and t he aftermath of a dramatic storm. liked it.
Apr 15, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm scratching my head over my decision to like or dislike this book. It was an ok read, but I wouldn't recommend it. Give it a 50 out of 100.
Nov 02, 2011 Kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
SMall town Goodnight by the Sea, TX, is dying. A large, maybe extinct, Zebra fish washes up on the shore, and local restaurant owners Gustaf stuffs it and mounts it above the restaurant. A bit strange.
Jul 17, 2012 Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great simple story of some colorful characters in a small Texas town on the Gulf of Mexico....the Russian owner of the bar has a lot of great insight...filled with flawed but well painted characters...
Feb 20, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
Lovely and carefully paced. Although it focuses mainly on the struggle of youth in a decaying town, all characters--retired "snowbird" tourists to ex-Soviet entrepeneur--are rich and fully realized.
Janet Martin
After reading the reviews, I expected this to be funnier and faster. An ok listen, but nothing special.
Jun 04, 2010 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story, but I never really understood what the strange fish had to do with anything.
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William J. Cobb is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, The Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and many others. He's the author of two novels - The Fire Eaters (W.W. Norton 1994) and Goodnight, Texas (Unbridled Books 2006) - and a book of stories, The White Tattoo (Ohio State UP 2002). He reviews books for the Dallas Morning News, the ...more
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