Review: Duane’s Depressed

Larry McMurtry (1999)

Duane’s life takes a radical turn one day when he pulls his car in the driveway, turns around and walks away for good. Left behind is a house full of kids, grandkids and a wife of many years. Duane hands over the family business to his eldest, moves into his cabin on the outskirts of town and begins to write, with only his dog Shorty as a carry over from his “previous” life.

Is it mid-life crisis? A mental breakdown? Or just a much-needed change? As Duane himself tries to figure it out, his friends and family resist and reorient themselves to the “new” Duane. Another great cast of characters–Duane is a guy that sticks with you long after the story is told–from the author of The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove.

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