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Preservation Hall

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Virgil Morgan’s precarious relationship with his father has served to cut him off from the world at large for most of his life. But when he meets Tracy, their immediate, intense love for each other grounds him in a way that nothing else can—until his old insecurities return in the form of his father’s new stepson. And the tensions between them will come to a head during o

Published August 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published 1976)
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Dec 06, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Paperback Swap
Meet Virgil Morgan, a young man in his late twenties who, to the world at large, seems to have all the earmarks of success: a luxurious apartment, a consultant job that pays extremely well and takes surprisingly little energy, and an idyllic marriage to a beautiful and creative woman named Tracy.

Meet Virgil's father Earl Morgan, a one-time high school music teacher who has always dreamed of greatness even as he hurtles towards oblivion. A hapless man who watches his wife pack a suitcase and leav
Jul 27, 2007 teresa rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because I wanted to read a different Scott Spencer book. (I wanted to read The Rich Man's Table which is about the son of a rock star a la bob dylan. The library didn't have that book so I picked up this one.)

The beginning was promising--the main character is raised by his eccentric father. He grows up feeling resentful of his father and of his failure to be a success. The son's compulsion to be successful and his contempt for his father leads to the murder of his new step-
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Sep 14, 2012 Larry Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm taken in by Virgil's relationship with his father, his seemingly ideal marriage, and by the relentless, palpable feeling that something is going to bring it all down.

Scott Spencer is in no hurry to tell the story and be done with it. He's given it a lot of thought -- at times it seems too much thought and too much stretching the metaphor. But, he wants to tell the truth in all it's detail, and when it works it works very well. Preservation Hall is a book that you can just let take it's time
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Jul 28, 2011 Damien Leri rated it liked it
Certainly worth reading, but not as good as the other stuff of his that I've read.
Feb 07, 2013 Tara rated it really liked it
Dark but well written.
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Scott Spencer (b. 1945) is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of ten novels, including Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, both of which have been nominated for the National Book Award. Two of his books, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films.

He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Williams College, and Bard College's Bard Prison Initi
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