A Disorder Peculiar to the Country

By Ken Kalfus
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060501419, 237pp.

Publication Date: December 2006

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Joyce and Marshall each think the other is killed on September 11and must swallow their disappointment when the other arrives home. As their bitter divorce is further complicated by anthrax scares, suicide bombs, and foreign wars, they suffer, in ways unexpectedly personal and increasingly ludicrous, the many strange ravages of our time. In this astonishing black comedy, Kalfus suggests how our nations public calamities have encroached upon our most private illusions.

About the Author
Ken Kalfus is the author of two novels, "The Commissariat of Enlightenment" and "A Disorder Peculiar to the Country", which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. He's also published two collections of stories, "Thirst" and "Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies", a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His books have been translated into more than ten foreign languages. He lives in Philadelphia.

Praise For A Disorder Peculiar to the Country

“An interesting departure from Kalfus’s Slavic-inflected earlier fiction. Astringent, accomplished black comedy.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Powerful. . . . Kalfus skewers the pieties surrounding 9/11.”
-The New Yorker

“Brilliant. . . . It’s an engaging and provocative enterprise, a novel that challenges accepted pieties and dislodges expectations.”
-The New York Times Book Review

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