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The Old Place by Bobby Finger
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Sep 20, 2022 | ISBN 9780593422342

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“Mary Alice Roth is a jigsaw puzzle of a character, as complicated as any Henry James hero….Finger handles the nature of Kenny and Michael’s friendship and the town’s reaction with unexpected nuance, showing the problematic confusion in how people see themselves, see others, and assume they are seen by others….A surprising page-turner—homey, funny, yet with dark corners of anger and grief.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Engaging…Finger has a firm handle on Billington’s complex and stifling social dynamics. Fans of small-town yarns will find much to like.” Publishers Weekly

“I loved being inside this skillful novel—at the planning parties for church fundraisers, learning to drive with a can of beer in the cupholder, and in the heads of some wonderfully tangy old Texan ladies. Bobby Finger has built a rich world in The Old Place, and I will think of it every time I make toast.” —Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here

The Old Place is a wry but affectionate portrait of small-town life, its complicated rites and alliances, its various absurdities, and, most importantly, its people. Bobby Finger’s debut is funny and genuinely moving—an utter charmer.” —Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

“With a wise and kind heart, Finger has written a novel as full of memorable characters, secrets, and epic family drama as any small town. Book clubs are going to love this vibrant debut.” –J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota

“Bobby Finger’s The Old Place is a wryly funny, bittersweet, emotionally generous novel. I missed the characters so much when it was over, and wished I could read another book about them all. It’s a heck of a debut.” —Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins and I Came All This Way to Meet You

“Bobby Finger’s The Old Place is an absolute delight. Set in a small Texas town where nothing changes—until everything does—it offers up an unforgettable cast of hilarious characters who prove that life is one helluva ride no matter how many curves there are in the road. Finger’s talent as a writer are on full display in this fantastic novel that is overflowing with humor and warmth.” –Isaac Fitzgerald, author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts

“Bobby Finger has written an enchanting, mesmerizing novel with all the warmth and community of Texas in The Old Place. This novel is a salad-spinner of family drama, long-held secrets, and heartbreak that hollowed me out and filled me back up with hope. I felt at home in these characters as I read: devastated for their losses and hopeful for their unification. It is a wonderful thing to find a novel that allows for both the complexity and the beauty of love—be it familial, romantic, or platonic. Finger writes it all beautifully, boldly, and deftly.” —Kelsey McKinney, author of God Spare the Girls

“Bobby Finger’s debut novel is so charming, so warm-hearted, and so thoroughly luminous I never wanted it to end—just like I never wanted to leave the small-town Texas he so lovingly renders here. This book made me homesick for a place I’ve never been.” –Katie Heaney, author of The Year I Stopped Trying

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