By Jonathan Dee
For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. during this sharply saw story of self-invention and public scandal, Dee increases a trenchant query: what can we really need after we ask for forgiveness?
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a brink. Ben, a associate in a prestigious legislation enterprise, has turn into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a switch that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in a single afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming flip, and every little thing the Armsteads have equipped jointly unravels, quickly and spectacularly.
push back into the operating international, Helen unearths a role in public relatives and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate ny to an condominium in new york. There, Helen discovers she has a unprecedented present, integral on this planet of picture keep watch over: she will persuade boastful males to confess their errors, spinning crises into moment possibilities. but redemption is extra simply granted in her specialist lifestyles than in her own one.
As she is faced with the most important case of her occupation, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s more and more far-off habit, Helen needs to face the boundaries of responsibility and her personal potential for forgiveness.
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Praise for A Thousand Pardons
“A Thousand Pardons is that infrequent factor: a real literary mystery. Eerily suspenseful and choked with dramatic occasion, it additionally bargains a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective eager for authenticity in those overmediated times.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of A stopover at from the Goon Squad
“Hugely relaxing . . . Dee is a handy guide a rough, cinematic author. . . . A Thousand Pardons moves speedy. It’s an insignificant two hundred or so pages, and it packs loads of turns of destiny inside of there.”—The Boston Globe
“Dee’s presents are usually brilliant and his fabric meticulously formed. . . . [He] articulates complicated emotional dynamics with precision and insight.”—The long island occasions ebook Review
“Some tales commence with a bang. and a few commence with a roaring fireball of fact. Jonathan Dee’s most up-to-date novel belongs within the latter camp.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Dee bounds gracefully between Helen’s, Ben’s, and Sara’s issues of view as they struggle to reassemble their lives. Their tales suppose sincere, and the prose is beautiful.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A web page turner . . . What a triumph.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Graceful prose and this type of sharp knowing of human weak spot that you’ll wince as you laugh.”—People
“Propulsively readable.”—The Millions
“Dee keeps to set up himself as an ironic observer of up to date habit. . . . The plot is lively. . . . yet such a lot compelling is the acuteness of the details.”—The Atlantic
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