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ISBN-10: 0393351106
ISBN-13: 9780393351101
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 03/30/2015
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.60" H

Desperate Characters

Introduction by: Jonathan Franzen

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Overview

Otto and Sophie Bentwood live in a changing neighborhood in Brooklyn. Their stainless-steel kitchen is newly installed, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. After Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a stray, perhaps rabies-infected cat, a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague the Bentwoods’ lives, revealing the fault lines and fractures in a marriage–and a society–wrenching itself apart.

First published in 1970 to wide acclaim, Desperate Characters stands as one of the most dazzling and rigorous examples of the storyteller’s craft in postwar American literature — a novel that, according to Irving Howe, ranks with Billy Budd, The Great Gatsby, Miss Lonelyhearts, and Seize the Day.

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This perfect novel about pain is as clear, and as wholly believable, and as healing, as a fever dream.–Frederick Busch
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Details

ISBN-10: 0393351106
ISBN-13: 9780393351101
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 03/30/2015
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.60" H
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