Red Baker

Red Baker

by Robert Ward

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Overview

When Red Baker, a Larmel steel worker in Baltimore, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy: boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future. Filled with unforgettable characters from Red’s angry but loyal wife, Wanda; his basketball-star son, Ace; his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff; and Crystal, the go-go dancer at Lily’s bar who embodies Red’s fantasies of escape. Red Baker is a classic American novel about a man with no identity who tries to replace the one he’s lost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440550201
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

ROBERT WARD is the author of eight novels, including Shedding Skin; Four Kinds of Rain, which was nominated for the Hammett Award and was a New York Times Notable Book; and Red Baker, which won the PEN West Award for Best Novel. A former writer and producer of Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and New York Undercover.

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Red Baker 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting tale of a laid off factory worker and how devastating this can be.  Story moves quickly getting the reader invovled and caring about Red.  Recommend it to all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the 1980s fortyish Red Baker was downsized as part of a sixty percent workforce reduction at Larmel Steel. He has few options as the industry laid off a large chunk of the lunch bucket brigade. His best friend Dog also fired blames the ¿Nips¿, but Red knows better. Still he fears telling his spouse and children even avoiding going home until he has no choice but to explain that his aspirations of the American dream have been shattered.--------------- Unable to cope with his inability to no longer take care of his family and considered non-trainable at his age, Red accepts menial jobs to bring in some income after unemployment checks end. However, he proves incapable of switching from a highly regarded skill of a steel worker to a car park attendant so he is fired. His esteem shatters further as his neighbors belittle him for not keeping a job his wife Wanda, his son Ace, and Dog worry about him even his mistress Crystal thinks he is losing it. Turning to alcohol and desperate, Red persuades Dog to do an act of stupidity.---------- This is a reprint of an insightful 1980s character study in which a hard working honest man doing the right thing finds his beliefs castrated as he falls from despair to depression to amoral behavior. Red is a terrific protagonist who feels he played fair, but was unfairly treated by his firm and society. His relationship with his wife is falling apart, but that looks glowing compared to his son who cannot hide his animosity as his heroic father suddenly increasingly lets him down. Still poignant today, readers of deep social issues will appreciate Robert Ward¿s strong tale though the story line needs time to truly take off as the first segue introduces the audience to a stunned deer in the headlights Red. Readers will want to take the time to get to the meat of this terrific tale.--- Harriet Klausner
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186 pages
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It was awesome
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You gotta read this book
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Best book I've read in a while!