DUGGAN by Richard Dougherty


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A short, contemporary account of bedcrawling, wifeswapping, and some peripheral New York city politics is told by Robert Duggan, and features his old childhood friend Avery Crandall, and it is in part a testimonial and an epitaph to Crandall as an ""authentic goodfellow"" and a better man than the age he lived in. This is not as readily apparent to the reader who will probably best remember the immediate and more intimate circumstances of their lives together from the time when they are ""a little band"" at college, and Duggan marries Ellen, a ""priatine bore"", and Crandall marries Francy. Still Ellen does not bore Crandall, and they have an affair, while Duggan thinks of seducing Francy in a ""simple, primitive, brilliant"" revenge, instead falls in love with her. The exchange is made, and only after Crandall's senseless, accidental death is a further irony revealed...A fairly trivial story has the benefit of Dougherty's aggressive, personalized styling- so that it is just as readable as it is forgettable.

Publisher: Doubleday