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1972

Farragan’s Retreat

By Tom McHale

Original Publisher: The Viking Press

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Flannery O’Connor for The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor

Fiction Judges That Year: Joan Didion, Martha Duffy, Joseph Heller, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, L. Woiwode

The Year in Literature:

  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Heinrich Böll won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information:

  • Paramount Pictures expressed interest in adapting Farragan’s Retreat to film, hiring screenwriter Ring Lardner, Jr. to work on the screenplay. However, they worried that by the time the film came out the Vietnam War would be over and the American public would no longer have interest in a film about a young man who goes to Canada to avoid the draft.
  • McHale committed suicide in 1982 at age 40.

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