Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307278012, 247pp.
Publication Date: December 2, 2008
“Beautiful, otherworldly. . . . A metaphysical page-turner reminiscent of . . . A.S. Byatt's Possession and John Fowles's The Magus.” —The Washington Post Book World“Mesmerizing. . . . Reads like a late-night conversation at a sidewalk cafe between J.M. Coetzee and Ingmar Bergman.” —The Boston Globe“Pierces to the heart. . . . Recall[s] the scouring, dispassionate self-dissection of The Year of Magical Thinking.” —The San Francisco Chronicle“A luminous and unsentimentally consoling fictional addition to our consideration of the survivors' lot. . . . Searingly drawn.” —Los Angeles Times"The Plante focus is narrow and sharp, like a blazing spot on a vast darkened stage... It is beautiful. How can love, hate, cherishing, rejection, pity, and broken promises all coexist without canceling each other out? Such mysteries are at the heart of the family bonds David Plante celebrates; like the religious faith that frames this remarkable novel, they transcend analysis."—NewsweekTHE COUNTRY"Plante has created one of the most harrowing of contemporary novels."—Philip Roth"Haunting... A book that belies its slenderness. A great reckoning in a little room."—Bernard Levin, The Sunday Times (London)THE FRANCOEUR TRILOGY"Plante is a powerful writer... capable of locking the reader in the mute, chest-crunching hug of inarticulate family love."—Robert Towers, The New York Review of BooksTHE NATIVE"Stark and powerful."—John Lancaster, London Review of BooksTHE ACCIDENT"A masterpiece of simple prose about simple surfaces."—Philadelphia Daily NewsTHE AGE OF TERROR"A powerful, courageous, curiously invigorating work."—Margaret Drabble"One of the most necessary and resonant novelists of his generation."—Peter Straub