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By David Gates | Comments: ( 286 ) | Date: ( Apr 04, 2020 )

Beautifully written Gates has a pitch perfect ear for contemporary speech and a keen, journalistic eye Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesIn this comic, fiercely compassionate novel, David Gates, whose first novel Jernigan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, sends his protagonist on a visceral journey to the dark side of suburban masculinity, explores Beautifully written Gates has a pitch perfect ear for contemporary speech and a keen, journalistic eye Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesIn this comic, fiercely compassionate novel, David Gates, whose first novel Jernigan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, sends his protagonist on a visceral journey to the dark side of suburban masculinity, explores the claims youth makes on middle age, and the tenacious at times perverse power of love to assert itself.When Doug Willis has a mid life crisis, he doesn t join a gym or have an affair Instead he gets himself arrested while camping with his wife and kids, takes a two month leave of absence from his PR job, and retreats to his farmhouse in rural Preston Falls where he plugs in his guitar and tries to shut out his life.While his wife, Jean, struggles to pay the bills and raise their sullen, skeptical kids, Willis s plans for hiatus crumble into Dewars and cocaine fueled disarray A shattered window, an unguarded gun, and a shady small town attorney force a crisis and Willis can t go home again With its biting humor and harsh realism, Preston Falls confirms David Gates as a talent in the tradition of Russell Banks and Richard Ford a master of dark truths and private longings.

  • Title: Preston Falls
  • Author: David Gates
  • ISBN: 9780679756439
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

David Gates

David Gates is an American journalist and author He teaches in the graduate writing program at The University of Montana.

Comments Preston Falls

  • Trina

    Resorted to skimming to get to the end. Characters never grabbed me, and the premise failed to engage this reader anyway.

  • J.K. Grice

    I remember liking this book when I read it, but nothing particularly remarkable about it.

  • Brian

    This is a take on the "straight white suburban male trapped in a stale marriage with kids and having a life crisis" novel. And I know there are plenty of those, but this one stands apart on a few accounts, not the least of which is the more-than-equal treatment of the wife's perspective. The dialogue is exceptional (as noted by critics in their reviews). The straightforward prose reassuringly mimics actual thought in a way that humanizes both Doug Willis and Jean: despite their contemptibility, [...]

  • Pamela

    You could call this a middle-aged crisis book. The main character, Doug Willis does in fact take two months off work to go live in his weekend cabin in Preston Falls. He doesn't have much direction, just does whatever. What he likesaying guitar and reading literary books. I mean, who wouldn't. He attempts, once, to fix up the cabin so it's more inviting for his family. But the marriage seems to be falling apart and Willis doesn't have any emotion for or against it. Just whatever. Of course his w [...]

  • John Pappas

    Willis's white suburban male ennui becomes exacerbated by a cocaine and whiskey fueled unraveling as he takes a two month sabbatical up at his weekend home in Vermont. Leaving his family to twist in the wind while he engages in his experiment in perpetual boyhood, he ends up half-heartedly pulling a "Wakefield"- living less than a mile from his family and contemplating the meaning of his absence while falling further and further into a drug-addled escapist mindset. A meditation on meaning, loss [...]

  • Jake

    It's weird that David Gates doesn't get mentioned in the same breath as the Jonathan Franzens of the world, because he can clearly play with the big boys of upper-suburban angst.I'd never heard of Gates until a good pal suggested Preston Falls, and it really nags me that he flew under my radar so long. I love Franzen and Richard Russo, and Gates writes a dirtier, less forgivable (and by turn, more annoying) version of disintegrating, disenchanted family life. I wish my friend would have warned m [...]

  • Carol

    Several years ago, I remember reading this novel late into the night and howling with laughter. Afterwards, I recommended it to my friends and family, who thought that it was a terrible book. I’m going to re-read this one. Maybe the passage of time will change my opinion…or maybe I just have a twisted sense of humor.

  • Bob

    I liked this book to a surprising degree.

  • Robert

    Kind of similar to American beauty. A guy is fed up of his life and then rebels against American society. Funny and fast paced but not too memorable.

  • Frank

    I picked this up because I liked the cover and ending up absolutely loving the book and the characters. The narrator is so delightfully a dude and it's so smart and oddly charming.

  • Tracy

    started out hating the characters and not understanding why i was continuing to read the book, then I started liking the book, although the characters still made me cringe.

  • Michael

    Did not finish.Just couldn't get into this story.

  • Julie Barrett

    Preston Falls by David GatesThis story is about a family, man wife and 2 kids. They travel to VT for their weekends to get away from the city.Jean the wife is tired after working every day to drive 4 hours to get to the weekend house.Willis the husband is on a leave, unpaid and is at odds with himself. After relatives leave early things fall apart for them.She leaves with the kids to camp out one night before heading home because school starts. Willis ends up coming after them, gun in the truck [...]

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    I've recently returned to this and it stands up well on a second reading. Line by line, paragraph by paragraph, Gates is a master of close third-person narration. Of course the protagonist is an absolute nightmare (those who need to 'like' the characters should steer well clear) but he's an intriguing one. The minor characters are vivid, especially the Saul Goodman-esque corrupt lawyer, and there's the self-consciousness that Gates did so well in Jernigan, as the characters watch their own minds [...]

  • Paul Thomas

    This was a well written book about the years of a marriage then the fun is over and it's just work for all involved. A mid life crisis for both the husband and wife. Will they make it through? It is never quite clear. The Author did a good job of making both parties pretty unlikable. The guy is insensitive, immature and not much of a father. On the other hand, his wife is a raving bitch. So, who knows? The writing was very pretentious at times. I'm not sure if it was to drive home what a pain in [...]

  • Sue

    Another book I hated/loved to read. [Imagine reading about a marriage dissolving on labor day weekend] I thought the dialog was perfect in places, the tiny ways family members can bug each other, how familiarity can breed contempt. Painful. [I thought some of the wife's thinking to herself and then second guessing herself, or saying something and then thinking something else, was true to life, and certainly the man's whole take on life seemed true to life, based on what I've seen and heard.]It d [...]

  • Ubik 2.0

    DerivaDopo essermi imbattuto (con scarsa soddisfazione) in alcuni romanzi che trattano di massimi sistemi socio-politico-economici con ricchezza di dettaglio e indubbia abilità nell’inventare e articolare distopie ben congegnate, ma scritti con un linguaggio banale, sciatto e superficiale, ecco che mi capita un libro che si pone all’esatto opposto della narrativa.Una storia come tante, che trova l’unico elemento “alieno” nel contesto suburbano statunitense (ma si sa che gli americani [...]

  • Derek

    Writing in brisk, fluent prose, Mr. Gates chronicles the day-by-day, almost minute-to-minute actions of these characters over a period of two months: we see exactly how they make tea, how they do the laundry, how they trade sarcastic remarks and how they avoid conversation. The effect is similar to looking at an exhibit of works by a Photo-Realist painter. We see a succession of snapshots that show exactly what someone's life looks like, from their car to their house to their taste in clothes. T [...]

  • Lauren

    I decided to pick up David Gates "Preston Falls" after finding out that Nick Hornby (MY favorite author) admires his writing and said Gates is the reason he became a writer. Naturally, I was expecting some similarities in these authors writing styles.Not only was "Preston Falls" one of the most boring, uninteresting books I have ever read, but the writing style is appalling! Every other word is set in italics, so the words that are set in regular text end up standing out more than the italics. T [...]

  • Jamie

    This review is more for me than any one else, just so I remember the book later. I stopped reading a little more than half way through. I had a very strong disliked for both the writing and the characters in this book. The author overuses italics and profanity for emphasis which makes him seem lazy. Also, the lead character is drawn to be shallow, unfunny, and unintelligent, yet we're told he's supposed to be a decent guy going through a crisis. This would be a situation where it would have been [...]

  • Lara

    These poor schmucks. When the relationship transforms you into a creature that you would never want to be around, so why would anyone else? Willis is so self-consciously clever and wants so much to be regarded as clever, that nothing genuine comes out of his mouth, and only rarely enters his head. There's a heartbreaking mention of him making a flippant remark and then glancing over at the wife to see if she had noticed his biting wit, but she has had enough of him. And Jean is so worn out with [...]

  • R.Joseph

    First off, David Gates has a way with words. Unfortunately, his words and his straightforward approach towards a mid-life crisis fail to save this book. I do not hate the book; however, the secondary characters in the story are all stereotypical in nature. However, what had me the most upset/disappointed is the way, all throughout the book, that Gates portrays the main character as an intellectual person who is not one of those lame sports watchers. Yet towards the end of the book, Gates allows [...]

  • Matt

    I never thought I would find myself speed reading through a writing of David Gates. Normally I cherish each word, I let it take me into the characters shit life they are trying to figure out. I just couldn't feel like I was watching the character Willis, and I sure couldn't feel like I was getting a back road tour of Preston Falls either. I feel like Mr. Gates was trying to do all of the opposites in this book so it would be hard to say he was trying to recreate Jernigan. Different narration, di [...]

  • Miriam

    I'm not sure I'm being fair giving this book only 3 stars. I enjoyed the writing style - straightforward, true to contemporary, like, speech - kind of uber prose. It is well-executed also, just too stressful for me and the characters altogether too unlikeable. Doug and Jean Willis are unhappily married and fairly unhappy in general. Doug is like a middle-aged preteen, totally self-conscious, no self-control; he's constantly angry and feeling put-upon and reading about him was trying. Unfortunate [...]

  • Malcolm

    The characters are all well drawn. The short-tempered disappointed wife. The mid-life crisis dad with anger issues and faded rock and roll dreams. Hippie/mom sister-in-law. The conflict that leads the dad to ditch his life is interesting, but the book never really goes anywhere with it. I can accept endings that leave major plot lines unresolved, but it seems to me the author simply didn't have any insight into the motivation of these characters so he ended it arbitrarily. Worth reading for the [...]

  • Steve

    High 2. Escaping the pressures of his professional and private life at the family vacation home at Preston Falls, the lead character, Doug Willis, narrates the first half of Gates’ exploration of mid-life crisis and marital breakdown. The author crams the novel with great dialogue but little plot, and it is only in the second half, when the narration switches to the perspective of the abandoned wife and her attempts to cope with the repercussions, that a more convincing character analysis is a [...]

  • Gerry

    With a most-unsympathetic main character, this was a book I slogged through only to get through it -- certainly not one to recommend. The tragic protagonist is a real jerk -- selfish and narcissistic -- who takes a leave of absence from his job and his family, gets involved, stupidly, in drug dealing, and ends up hiding out in a motel just miles from his family home. Meanwhile his wife and children are left to deal with the fall-out of his “disappearance” and try to maintain some semblance o [...]

  • Tami

    i have a habit of buying books at the goodwill rather impulsively. often they are awful and i redonate them. i am trying to be more selective. this book was an impulse purchase, based on the nick hornby praise, and i am determined to give it a very honest try the dialogue seemed a bit too self satisfied but the angst was there in bucket loads and I am nothing if not a fan of angst. fucked up words shared and choices made and results which follow yeah. that's what I like.

  • Jennifer

    My first exposure to David Gates. Took me about 100 pages to settle in because the language seemed too pushy and harsh for the situation; additionally, italics are way overused. The female character, Jean, doesn't really get a fair shake until fairly far into the novel. But the book is ultimately a searing insight into a disintegrating marriage. Detailed attention to the characters' surroundings adds great depth to the portrait.

  • Tamsen

    Did you know you could use italics to emphasize things? Well, David Gates knows, and he emphasizes about eight (no exaggeration) words per page. There was 338 pages in this horrific novel, and I winced every time I saw italics. It may have been the single most painful reading experience in my life.

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