In All My Friends are Going to be Strangers, Danny Deck is a college student and promising writer. While on a spontaneous trip to Austin, he meets Sally, marries her on a whim, and brings her back to his native Houston. Publishing success and restlessness lead the young couple to head to California.
Distance is a recurring theme in this Larry McMurtry work. As Sally separates from Danny, he gravitates toward Jill. He’s transient throughout the novel in location and emotion. The book’s title makes sense in the end. Danny is close to nobody, and readers watch him detach from himself as well.
The heart of All My Friends are Going to be Strangers is in Texas, a location McMurtry knows all too well. His vivid description of the barren landscape offers a glimpse of Lone Star appreciation that is present in many of his novels including Lonesome Dove.
Though well over thirty years old now, this McMurtry work is still a compelling read. Some elements are dated, but the characters are reminiscent of those in The Last Picture Show. Flap and Emma Horton, later featured in Terms of Endearment, make supporting appearances in this tale as well.