Vanessa V. Friedman
April 10, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Rich Man's Table

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Scott Spencer
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Spencer’s new novel, The Rich Man’s Table, is the story of a son’s quest to understand his father. The son, Billy, is the unacknowledged, illegitimate offspring of a famous rock singer named Luke (think Bob Dylan, but taller). Much to the dismay of his mother, the immortalized-in-song love of Luke’s life, Billy obsesses over his missing parent; he interviews Luke’s former friends and roadies, even tracks the singer’s movements. When Billy’s mother is injured in a car crash, Luke shows up, and father and son have their moment. The psychology here, like the lyrics from Luke’s songs, is not very complex. Like easy listening, though, easy reading has its moments. B+

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