BOOKS: FATHER'S DAY

TRUE LOVE FINDS ITS WAY TO A LONELY OCTOGENARIAN

Every son wants such a father, every father such a son. Dad in this case is tall, good-looking Clyde Latham, 87, who lives in the dried-up little West Texas town of Spur (pop. 1,300), where the tumbleweed can outnumber the pickup trucks and the restaurant of choice is the local Dairy Queen. The son is Aaron Latham, 53, a Manhattan-based novelist and screenwriter (Urban Cowboy) and, child of Texas that he is, a splendid raconteur.

For some time Aaron had been beguiling his sophisticated New York City dinner guests with the story of how the widower Clyde courted the widow Gussie...

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