Doxology (Hardback)Nell Zink (author)
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A defiant, state of the nation novel that pinwheels between either side of 9/11 New York, Doxology deftly mixes the intensely personal with the panoramic, approaching weighty topics with wit, empathy and compassion. A breath-taking tour de force that will be read and discussed for decades to come.
Two generations of an American family come of age - one before 9/11, one after - in this moving and original novel from the "intellectually restless, uniquely funny" (New York Times Book Review) mind of Nell Zink
Pam, Daniel, and Joe might be the worst punk band on the Lower East Side. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by surprising arrivals - a daughter for Pam and Daniel, a solo hit single for Joe. As the `90s wane, the three friends share in one another's successes, working together to elevate Joe's superstardom and raise baby Flora.
On September 11, 2001, the city's unfathomable devastation coincides with a shattering personal loss for the trio. In the aftermath, Flora comes of age, navigating a charged political landscape and discovering a love of the natural world. Joining the ranks of those fighting for ecological conservation, Flora works to bridge the wide gap between powerful strategists and ordinary Americans, becoming entangled ever more intimately with her fellow activists along the way. And when the country faces an astonishing new threat, Flora's family will have no choice but to look to the past - both to examine wounds that have never healed, and to rediscover strengths they have long forgotten.
At once an elegiac takedown of today's political climate and a touching invocation of humanity's goodness, Doxology offers daring revelations about America's past and possible future that could only come from Nell Zink, one of the sharpest novelists of our time.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 37 mm
'Doxology, her fifth and best book yet, is more than worth shouting about ... a big American novel of the very best kind, mainlining the anxieties of our age, but with just the right dose of love and mercy to take the edge off.' - Financial Times
'It's superb. In terms of its author's ability to throw dart after dart after dart into the center of your media-warped mind and soul, it's the novel of the summer and possibly the year. It's a ragged chunk of ecstatic cerebral-satirical intellection. It's bliss. Doxology puts her on a new level as a novelist. This book is more ambitious and expansive and sensitive than her earlier work. She lays her heart on the line in a way she hasn't before.' - New York Times
'Declarations of war and mass death and a quiet birth and much more, all flow forth in Zink's powerful fifth book.' - Los Angeles Times
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