Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace
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Toiling in a shop Perry describes as ?an antique store stocked by Rube Goldberg, curated by Hunter Thompson, and rearranged by a small earthquake, ? Tom Hartwig makes gag shovel handles, parts for quarter-million-dollar farm equipment, and ? now and then ? batches of potentially ?extralegal? explosives. As he approaches his sixtieth wedding anniversary with his wife, Arlene, Tom, famous for driving a team of oxen in local parades, has an endless reservoir of stories dating back to days of his prize Model A, and an anti-authoritarian streak refreshed daily by the four-lane interstate that was shoved through his front yard in 1965 and now dumps over 8 million vehicles past his kitchen window every year. And yet Visiting Tom is dominated by the elderly man's equanimity and ultimately ? when he and Perry converse over the kitchen table as husbands and as the fathers of daughters ? unvarnished tenderness
|Publication Date:||January, 2013|
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