Lakeland, New York, was once a world of bustling mills, proud residents, and miles of ruggedly beautiful coastline. Now it's another small northeastern town whose pulse stopped beating years ago. Close friends Jack Lambeau and Steven Turner find themselves entwined in the town's latest and most promising efforts at revival. Jack is the prodigal son returned; the Ivy League-educated urban-design expert brought back to reinvent Lakeland as a tasteful mecca for tourists and yuppies. Turner is the exiled local reporter who will bear witness to the town’s successes and failures. Between them come Jack’s fiancée Anne--an artist with secrets of her own--and his undisciplined brother Harris, hired to bury the missteps of the past that might derail his brother's plans.
About the Author
Tom Barbash's fiction has appeared in Tin House, Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Stanford University, where he now teaches. He is also the author of On Top of the World.
"Confident and highly enjoyable...a smart, brisk first novel difficult to put down." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Barbash brings fresh seriousness and sympathy and wit to bear on the ancient problem of loyalty. This is an ambitious, deftly plotted, multifariously satisfying piece of genuine American realism." --Jonathan Franzen
"Intricately plotted...ambition marks Barbash’s satisfying first novel. . . it rewards the reader with wisdom and winning characters." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A captivating debut." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The Last Good Chance is an ambitious piece of work, a brash, big-strokes book....There are layers upon layers of rich material here." --The New York Times Book Review