John Hawkes is an extraordinary writer. I have always admired his books. They should he more widely read.
—Saul Bellow

Available June 1, 1961

The Lime Twig

Fiction by John Hawkes

An English horse race, the Golden Bowl at Aldington, provides the background for John Hawkes’ exciting novel, The Lime Twig, which tells of an ingenious plot to steal and race a horse under a false name. But it would be unfair to the reader to reveal what happens when a gang of professional crooks gets wind of the scheme and moves to muscle in on this bettors’ dream of a long-odds situation. Worked out with all the meticulous detail, terror, and suspense of a nightmare, the tale is, on one level, comparable to a Graham Greene thriller; on another, it explores a group of people, their relationships fears, and loves. For as Leslie A. Fiedler says in his introduction, “John Hawkes.. . makes terror rather than love the center of his work, knowing all the while, of course, that there can be no terror without the hope for love and love’s defeat … .”

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Paperback (published June 1, 1961)

ISBN
9780811200653
Price US
15.95
Page Count
192

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9780811222563
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John Hawkes

20th century American novelist

John Hawkes is an extraordinary writer. I have always admired his books. They should he more widely read.
—Saul Bellow
You suffer The Lime Twig like a dream. It seems to be something that is happening to you, that you want to escape from but can’t. The reader even has that slight feeling of suffocation that you have when you can’t wake up and some evil is being worked on you. This … I might have been dreaming myself.
—Flannery O’Connor