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 once we ask for forgiveness?
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a brink. Ben, a accomplice in a prestigious legislations company, has turn into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a swap that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara.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 thing the Armsteads have equipped jointly unravels, quickly and spectacularly.
chase away into the operating international, Helen reveals a task in public family members and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate long island to an house in big apple. There, Helen discovers she has an extraordinary present, vital on the earth of photo keep an eye on: she will persuade boastful males to confess their error, spinning crises into moment percentages. but redemption is extra simply granted in her expert lifestyles than in her own one.
As she is faced with the most important case of her profession, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s more and more far away habit, Helen needs to face the bounds of responsibility and her personal means for forgiveness.
Praise for A Thousand Pardons
“A Thousand Pardons is that infrequent factor: a real literary mystery. Eerily suspenseful and jam-packed with dramatic occasion, it additionally deals 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
“A web page turner with no sacrificing a smidgen of mental perception. What a triumph.”—Kirkus experiences (starred review)
“Dee is adept at meshing the complexities of marriage and kin lifestyles with the paradoxes of the zeitgeist. In his 6th meticulously lathed and magnetizing novel, he riffs at the perform of obstacle administration [and] the absurdities of a society geared to speak in 1000 digital modes whereas these closest to one another can slightly make eye contact.”—Booklist
“[A] fast-moving, continuously interesting tale . . . a sensible, witty examine the rites of apology in modern America.”—Shelf wisdom
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A Thousand Pardons: A Novel by Jonathan Dee