Don Carpenter s semi- autobiographical Fridays at Enrico s can be read as the swan song of the entire Love Generation. The New York Times Book Review The author of A Hard Rain Falling and A Couple of Comedians , Don Carpenter was one of the finest novelists working in the west. When fellow author Richard Brautigan killed himself, Carpenter tried for some time to write a biography of his remarkable, deeply troubled friend. He finally abandoned that in favor of writing a novel: Fridays at Enrico s , the story of four writers living in San Francisco and Portland during the 50s and early 60s. The heady days of the Beat scene were a time of youth and opportunity, when the artists and bohemians were busy creating the groundwork for what came to be the counterculture. Recently discovered in a complete penultimate manuscript, having been lost since the author s death, Fridays at Enrico s was edited and shaped by a great champion of Don Carpenter, Jonathan Lethem. His writing, about Portland pool hustlers, lady-killing comedians, and drug-sniffing screenwriters, is as radiant and surprising now as it was the moment it was written. Though they occasionally wallow in life s darker vices, Carpenter s novels stand out for their resolute, hardscrabble sunniness. Grantland Fridays at Enrico s captures the literary and social scene of Northern California in quick, knowing portraits. San Francisco Chronicle I don t suppose I ll ever get over my friend Don Carpenter s tragic death, but it helps more than a little that as his legacy he left us his best book: Fridays at Enrico s . Curt Gentry, coauthor of Helter Skelter.
Beats (Persons) -- Fiction.
FICTION / Friendship.
Portland (Or.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.