The Unnamed (Hardcover)
Reagan Arthur Books, 9780316034012, 320pp.
Publication Date: January 18, 2010
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/17/2010)
Paperback, Large Print (1/18/2010)
Compact Disc (1/1/2010)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (1/18/2010)
Compact Disc (1/18/2010)
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He was going to lose the house and everything in it.
The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would lose his family. He stood inside the house and took stock. Everything in it had been taken for granted. How had that happened again? He had promised himself not to take anything for granted and now he couldn't recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday.
Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.
He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.
The Unnamed is a heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted -- and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.
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Praise For The Unnamed…
"Strange and beguiling . . . With this brave and masterful novel, Ferris has proven himself a writer of the first order. The Unnamed poses a question that could not be more relevant to the America of 2010: Will the compulsions of our bodies defeat the contents of our souls?"—The Boston Globe
"Where Then We Came to the End mined the minutiae of cubicle life for humor and pathos, this one goes straight for the heart(and the jugular), telling the story of a married father struggling with an inexplicable disease, and thelengths to which he'll go to maintain control of his life."—GQ
"At once riveting, horrifying and deeply sad, The Unnamed, like Tim's feet, moves with a propulsion all its own. This is fiction with the force of an avalanche, snowballing unstoppable until it finally comes to rest-when we come to the end, so to speak."—The San Francisco Chronicle
"The Unnamed is ambitious, intelligent, and even more complex than Ferris's debut novel, Then We Came to the End."—Christian Science Monitor
"Bracingly original . . . Surprisingly, almost tenderly, and despite his unrelenting refusal to churn out a predictable happy ending, [Ferris] turns The Unnamed into a most unorthodox love story about commitment and sacrifice."—The Miami Herald