The Voice of the Butterfly

The Voice of the Butterfly

Book - 2001
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Grand Central Pub
A dazzling, darkly comic novel by the author of the The Milagro Beanfield War andThe Sterile Cuckoo, The Voice of the Butterfly harnesses Nichols' vintage wit to fresh, hilariously scathing effect. Charley McFarland is an aging '60s radical, continuing proponent of losing battles, and resident of Suicide City, an amalgam of CFCs, SUVs, strip mines, and strip malls. When Suicide City's new highway bypass threatens the home of the exquisitely obscure Rocky Mountain Phistic Copper Butterfly, he knows it's time to rally the troops. Charley's dysfunctional Butterfly Coalition includes the ancient, chainsmoking Lydia Babcock, who owns the butterflies' turf; Susan Delgado, a ballistic local reporter smitten with Charley; Charley's somewhat-baffling, Gen-X son, Luther; and Charley's estranged wife, Kelly, now homeless and self-destructive, but a weirdly brilliant strategist in the fight against the powers-that-be. Kelly and Charley, in love and at each other's throats, relish the butterfly's cause as their last, best chance at reconciliation. But as the crusade's momentum builds, the chaotic relationships driving it on also threaten to tear it apart. Funny, profane, and touching, Nichols' raucous new novel is a knowing look at ideals held and surrendered, and a wild ride through the lunacies of our postmodern age.

Baker & Taylor
An aging 1960s radical, Charley McFarland knows it is time to rally the troops when Suicide City's new highway bypass threatens the home of an obscure butterly, but the dysfunctional Butterfly Coalition's relationships may destroy their noble cause.

Blackwell North Amer
Charley McFarland is an aging '60s radical and a continuing advocate of losing political battles. When a proposed local highway bypass threatens the home of the exquisitely obscure Rocky Mountain Phistic Copper butterfly, he knows it's time to rally the troops once more.
His dysfunctional Butterfly Coalition includes his estranged, brilliant but self-destructive wife, Kelly; his baffling, Gen-X son, Luther; the sharp-tongued, chain-smoking Lydia Babcock, who owns the butterfly's turf; Susan Delgado, a hyperactive local reporter smitten with Charley; and other idealistic misfits he lures into the fight against the powers-that-be.
Kelly and Charley, still in love and at each other's throats, relish the butterfly's cause as their last, best chance at reconciliation. But as the crusade's momentum builds, the chaotic relationships driving it also threatens to tear it - and the town - apart.

Hachette Book Group
A dazzling, darkly comic novel by the author of the The Milagro Beanfield War and The Sterile Cuckoo, The Voice of the Butterfly harnesses Nichols' vintage wit to fresh, hilariously scathing effect. Charley McFarland is an aging '60s radical, continuing proponent of losing battles, and resident of Suicide City, an amalgam of CFCs, SUVs, strip mines, and strip malls. When Suicide City's new highway bypass threatens the home of the exquisitely obscure Rocky Mountain Phistic Copper Butterfly, he knows it's time to rally the troops. Charley's dysfunctional Butterfly Coalition includes the ancient, chainsmoking Lydia Babcock, who owns the butterflies' turf; Susan Delgado, a ballistic local reporter smitten with Charley; Charley's somewhat-baffling, Gen-X son, Luther; and Charley's estranged wife, Kelly, now homeless and self-destructive, but a weirdly brilliant strategist in the fight against the powers-that-be. Kelly and Charley, in love and at each other's throats, relish the butterfly's cause as their last, best chance at reconciliation. But as the crusade's momentum builds, the chaotic relationships driving it on also threaten to tear it apart. Funny, profane, and touching, Nichols' raucous new novel is a knowing look at ideals held and surrendered, and a wild ride through the lunacies of our postmodern age.

Baker
& Taylor

An aging 1960s radical, Charley McFarland knows it is time to rally the troops when Suicide City's new highway bypass threatens the home of the exquisitely obscure Rocky Mountain Phistic Copper Butterfly, but the dysfunctional Butterfly Coalition's relationships may destroy their noble cause.

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780811832014
0811832015
Branch Call Number: FICTION NICHOLS
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 23 cm

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