My Beautiful City Austin

My Beautiful City Austin

Book - 2014
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In My Beautiful City Austin David Heymann crafts seven masterful tales of a young architect who fails again and again to dissuade his clients from their bad decisions. So the houses he designs aid and abet the ongoing erasure of Austin's ambrosial charm. Each of these sharp and humorous stories centers around the design of a house, and in each the narrator struggles to understand why his clients want what they want -- a retiring couple needing an immense home in the middle of nature, a young family wanting a castle, a lawyer seeking to piss off his ex-wife -- and why they might want those things here. Collectively the stories serve as a portrait of a beloved place gone strangely wrong. Fueled by the dubious intentions of its inhabitants, Austin is a town growing madly while ignoring the pain of a thousand small cuts. But the book is equally about a young person trying to take fraught first steps into a career, and a place in the world. Architects aren't inherently powerful. They can only affect the world because they work at the center of a web of others whose value decisions -- strange and yet real -- actually drive change.Because the humor in the stories arises from the narrator's inability to alter absurd circumstances, the stories are immediately accessible to a broad readership, including adults of all ages, readers interested in Austin (a source of fascination as one of the most desirable cities in America), those interested in Texas and Texas literature, and readers interested in architecture and design.
Publisher: Houston, Texas :, John Hardy Publishing,, [2014]
Edition: Advanced reader copy, First edition.
ISBN: 9780990371403
0990371409
Branch Call Number: FIC HEYM
A 813.6 HE
Characteristics: 161 pages ; 23 cm.

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My favorite Austin book, hands down. This supremely well-crafted collection of stories introduces readers to Austin’s past and present through the architect protagonist’s distinctive, often wistful voice. The characters are a pure delight—lovingly rendered and deftly developed throughout. Among t... Read More »


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