The Company Car

The Company Car

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
On the eve of his parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary, Emil Czabek looks back on the relationship of Wally and Susan Czabek, from their marriage on television in Chicago in 1952 to the present day, as he and their other children confront the challenges of aging while coping with their own personal and professional crises. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
"Are we there yet?" It's the time-honored question of kids on a long family car trip - and Emil Czabek's children are no exception. Yet Em asks himself the same thing as the family travels to celebrate his parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary, and he wonders if he has escaped their wonderfully bad example.
The midwestern drive is Em's occasion to recall the Czabek clan's amazing odyssey, one that sprawls through the second half of the twentieth century. It begins with his parents' wedding on the TV show It's Your Marriage, and careens from a suburban house built sideways by a drunken contractor to a farm meant to shelter the Czabeks from a country coming apart. It is the story of Em's father, Wally - diligent, distant, hard-drinking - and his attempts to please, protect, or simply placate his nervous, restless, and sensual wife, Susan, all in plain sight of the children they can't seem to stop having.
As the tumultuous decades merge in his mind like the cars on the highway, Em must decide whether he should take away his parents' autonomy and place them in the Heartland Home for the Elders. Beside him, his wife, Dorie, a woman who has run both a triathlon and for public office, makes him question what he's inherited and whether he himself has become the responsible spouse of a drifting partner - especially since she's packing a diaphragm and he's had a vasectomy.

Baker
& Taylor

On the eve of his parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary, Emil Czabek looks back on the relationship of Wally and Susan Czabek, from their marriage on television in Chicago in 1952 to the present day.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400062874
140006287X
Characteristics: 402 p. ; 25 cm

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