Citizen Vince (Paperback)
Harper Perennial, 9780061577659, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 17, 2008
At 1:59 a.m. in Spokane, Washington—eight days before the 1980 presidential election—Vince Camden pockets his stash of stolen credit cards and drops by an all-night poker game before heading to his witness-protection job dusting crullers at Donut Make You Hungry. Along with a neurotic hooker girlfriend, this is the total sum of Vince's new life. But when a familiar face shows up in town, Vince realizes his sordid past is still too close behind him. During the next unforgettable week, he'll negotiate a coast-to-coast maze of obsessive cops, eager politicians, and assorted mobsters—only to find that redemption might exist, of all places, in the voting booth.
About the Author
Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.
Praise For Citizen Vince…
— Chicago Tribune
“Rich in robust characters ad wry dialogue, with agile prose, a big heart and a finely tuned plot.”
— Seattle Times
“A splendidly entertaining, thoughtful book ... Jess Walter continues to impress.”
— Sunday Telegraph
“What makes Walter’s third novel so enjoyable is Vince, a flawed but sympathetic character trying to find redemption.”
— Library Journal
1st Place, General Trade-Jacket, New York Book Show
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