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"Taking in the civil rights movement, historic preservation and dating on the rebound, "Waterloo" is an irresistible survey of a town where all comers are terrified of losing -- and nobody ever wins."  —The Los Angeles Times

"A melancholy comedy of Texas politics... [written] with great wit and assurance." —The New York Times Book Review

"Waterloo is such a good story, so well told, so observant and funny and inhabited with intelligence that it gets one to wondering... why it's taken so long to squeeze another great American novel out of Austin." —Houston Chronicle

"[A] rare accomplishment, a provincial fiction that finds the universe in a grain of Texas silt. Wistfully mischevious." —San Antonio Current


In a rapidly changing state capital, a reporter suffers from obituarist's block, a legislator falls into an affair with a dimwitted governor, and old heroes, old causes, and old music venues disappear. Bittersweet and biting, elegiac and sharply observed, Waterloo is a portrait of a generation in search of itself--and a love letter to the slackers, rockers, hustlers, hacks, and hangers-on who populate Austin, Texas--from a formidable new intelligence in American fiction.