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The Member Guest

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The annual Member-Guest Golf Tournament is at hand, the year's social highwater mark for the seedy middle-American country club that lies at the center of The Member-Guest. Hope fills the air and everyone smells it, including Rod, the burned-out club pro who only needs one more shot at the tour; Glen L., the club's senile mule-collecting founder; Brenda, the religion-scarr ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published February 6th 1995 by Doubleday Publishing (first published 1995)
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Colin Bruce Anthes
Here we have a very truthful, honest look at people with no personalities who sometimes find themselves in situations. Each character talks in essentially the same way as the other characters who talk with essentially the same voice as the narration, with no enthusiasm towards anything at all.

It's very rare for me to give a 2 star review, but any chance for this book to reach three stars stopped with the wild inaccuracies about the world of golf. As a former golfer myself, I was already choking
Gerry LaFemina
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This delightful novel-in-stories gives us the lives of these small town Americans associated with nine-hole country club at the edge of respectability. McCown writes great stories and allows each to work as a moment in a montage narrative that begins in loneliness and despair and moves with uncertainty toward hope.
Stephen A. Geller
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is novel made up of closely related short stories all taking place at or near a golf cloud involving the golf pro, club members and other well-drawn people. Often dark, sometimes witty, this novel is well worth reading.
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