The Palace Thief

The Palace Thief

By Ethan Canin

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812976175, 205pp.

Publication Date: August 8, 2006

"Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm."
-"The Washington Post"
"Character is destiny," wrote Heraclitus-and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken. In "Accountant," a quintessential company man becomes obsessed with the phenomenal success of a reckless childhood friend. "Batorsag and Szerelem" tells the story of a boy's fascination with the mysterious life and invented language of his brother, a math prodigy. In "City of Broken Hearts," a divorced father tries to fathom the patterns of modern relationships. And in "The Palace Thief," a history teacher at an exclusive boarding school reflects on the vicissitudes of a lifetime connection with a student scoundrel. A remarkable achievement by one of America's finest writers, this brilliant volume reveals the moments of insight that illuminate everyday lives.
"Captivating . . . a heartening tribute to the form . . . an exquisite performance."
-"The Boston Sunday Globe"
"A model of wit, wisdom, and empathy. Chekhov would have appreciated its frank renderings and quirky ironies."
-"Chicago Tribune.

About the Author
Ethan Canin lives in Iowa City and San Francisco.