A Thousand Pardons (Paperback)Jonathan Dee (author)
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Ben and Helen Armstead have reached breaking point and it takes one afternoon - and a single act of recklessness - for Ben to deal the final blow to their marriage, spectacularly demolishing everything they built together.
Helen and her teenage daughter Sara leave for Manhattan where Helen takes a job in PR - her first in many years - and discovers she has a gift for spinning crises into second chances. But can she apply her professional talent to her personal life?
A Thousand Pardons is an elegant, audacious, gripping and sharply observed novel about a marriage in ruins and a family in crisis; about the limits of self-invention and the seduction of self-destruction.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 238 g
Dimensions: 198 x 148 x 18 mm
Edition: Digital original
Guilt, redemption and the American dream of starting afresh are Pulitzer-Prize nominee Jonathan Dee's themes in this thoroughly enjoyable comic tale. -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail *
The American novelist who has his finger on the pulse. -- Mark Lawson * BBC Front Row *
Deliciously readable. * Irish Independent *
Slickly written and great entertainment. * Evening Standard *
Part relationship drama, part thriller, this is one of our favourite books of the year so far. * Bella *
...shrewdly observed and compulsively readable. * Literary Review *
With his sixth novel, Pulitzer finalist Dee has written a page turner without sacrificing a smidgen of psychological insight. What a triumph. * Kirkus (Starred Review) *
Dee is an expert at encapsulating the vacuous marriage of two WASPs. * Stylist *
Dee is adept at meshing the complexities of marriage and family life with the paradoxes of the zeitgeist. In his sixth meticulously lathed and magnetizing novel, he riffs on the practice of crisis management.... [and] nets the absurdities of a society geared to communicate in a thousand electronic modes while those closest to each other can barely make eye connect. * Booklist *
Totally gripping. * Saga Magazine *
A punch in the face of the American Dream, this is a timely meditation on public apology and absolution that suggests you don't have to forget in order to forgive - or, indeed, forgive in order to forget. * The Observer *
The novel is brief, pacy, intelligent. * The Guardian *
Jonathan Dee is a master of writing about the midlife crises behind the white picket fences. * Grazia *
A Thousand Pardons has already received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic...A must-read for fans of Jonathan Franzen * Irish Sunday Independent *
This is a sophisticated, post-Updike story of a marriage...an engaging, intriguing read. * The Age (Australia) *
Jonathan Dee's sensitively observed tale of three people whose lives are in crisis and who flounder after the disintegration of a marriage is gripping and thought-provoking. * Good Book Guide *
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