Puttering About in a Small Land
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Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: May 2016
Duration: 11 hours 1 minutes
By the time Roger and Virginia Lindhal enroll their son in Mrs. Alt's Los Padres Valley School in the mountains of Southern California, their marriage is already in deep trouble. Then the Lindhals meet Chic and Liz Bonner, whose two sons also board at Mrs. Alt's school. The meeting is a catalyst for a complicated series of emotions and traumas, set against the backdrop of suburban Los Angeles in the early fifties. This novel's buildup of emotional intensity and finely observed characterizations are a hallmark of Philip K. Dick's work.
Filled with the details of everyday life and skillfully told from three points of view, Puttering About in a Small Land is powerful, eloquent, and gripping.
"Published posthumously, this work is radically different from the famous science fiction author's past successes. It is a mood piece, a somber study of two young couples...a curious, oddly compelling book.... Turning each page...the reader feels an odd suspense and a reluctance to abandon these four unpredictable but somehow endearing people." Booklist on Puttering About in a Small Land