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The Build-Up (The Stecher Trilogy #3)

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The Build-Up, Volume 3 of the Stecher Trilogy, picks up the thread of White Mule and In the Money. Although all of the novels deal with the triumphant rise of an immigrant family in the early 1900s, the Build-up is more concerned with the overwhelming drive and ambition of Joe Stecher's wife, Gurlie.
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1952)
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After her friend left and waved good-bye to her as she ran off down the street, Flossie stood at the window for a long time. As she looked, the rain began again to come down hard. It was like being at the bottom of the sea. One looked up through the water and- there was a green light. You could see the other fishes swimming around. Terrible ones, sometimes, with big eyes and long tails. Did you ever see a fish like a girl, with hair in twin braids? And one with blue eyes. Papa had read her the
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Not as strong as the two previous books in the Stecher trilogy, nonetheless Williams once again paints a powerful portrait of a Norwegian family's rise to success. In the previous book Joe Stecher managed to climb the ladder so to speak in order to get into the money, which he did and this book continues tracing his seemingly unstoppable ascent to the top but it is more about his wife Gurlie and her obsessive drive to expand their social circle and look for and buy or even build better and ...more
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William Carlos Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician," wrote biographer Linda Wagner-Martin. During his long lifetime, Williams excelled both as a poet and a physician.

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The Stecher Trilogy (3 books)
  • White Mule
  • In the Money

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