Gather Yourselves Together (1994)
Gather Yourselves Together is one of the earliest book written by Philip K. Dick in 1952 when he was 24 years old.
- WCS BOOKS 1994, 191 pages, $40.00, hard cover
Back Cover of Book
In 1952, a young Philip K. dick wrote one of his first novels: Gather Yourselves Together. He’s already had success selling SF short stories, but this was a serious, mainstream novel – a steamy, claustrophobic tale of two men and a women isolated by circumstances, and alienated from each other by their pasts. Set in 1949 amongst the evacuation of American businesses from mainland China, middle-aged Verne Tildon and half-his-age Barbara Mahler are forced to put aside the lingering resentments and frustrations of a previous, stateside love affair in order to do the job they’ve been assigned, preparing a factory compound for transfer to the approaching Communists. Carl Fitter is the unsuspecting young man who find himself unknowingly embroiled in their tensions,and around whose sexual awakening with Barbara the novel is structured. Never published before, this is a competent early novel that reveals Philip K. Dick obvious talent and skill in a manner quite unlikely any other book he was ever to produce.