Vineland by Thomas Pynchon [U.K. TRADE PAPERBACK / 1991]
Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
U.K. TRADE PAPERBACK  MINERVA
First UK Paperback printing w/ rare cover. Book is in very good condition. *Back cover has a Bookshop Apocalypse sticker over lower back corner.
A group of Americans in Northern California in 1984 are struggling with the consequences of their lives in the sixties, still run by the passions of those times -- sexual and political -- which have refused to die. Among them is Zoyd Wheeler who is preparing for his annual act of televised insanity (for which he receives a government stipend) when an unwelcome face appears from out of his past.
An old nemesis, federal prosecutor Brock Vond, storms into Vineland at the head of a heavily armed strike force. Soon Zoyd and his daughter, Prairie, go into hiding while Vond begins a relationship with Zoyd's ex-wife and uses Prairie as a pawn against the mother she never knew she had.
Part daytime drama, part political thriller, Vineland is a strange evocation of a twentieth-century America headed for a less than harmonic future.