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Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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An astute observer of human behavior, both real and imagined, and] a literary heavyweight...Fonseca ultimately transforms the familiar into the foreign, forcing both her characters and her readers to examine their unquestioned perceptions about who they and their loved ones really are. -Chelsea Bauch, Time Out New York

Not only smart but smart in a pleasing and all-too-uncommon way: It's insightful about grown-ups in the throes of grown-up emotions...Fonseca is commendably clearheaded and unsentimental about the nature of attachment, particularly in long-standing relationships. --Adelle Waldman, New York Sun

A gracefully written novel about aging, parents and children, and the mystery that even married partners can be to each other. --Charles McGrath, The New York Times

A confident, smart first novel with] a story that seems personal and deeply felt...Fonseca is especially adept at making middle age look shockingly similar to adolescence in] all its corporeal and sexual insecurities. -Helen Schulman, The New York Times Book Review

Fonseca's exploration of middle-aged displacement, both mental and physical, is intelligent, nuanced and immensely satisfying...as fruity and delicious as the cocktails served on the fictional tropical island where it's primarily set. -Alexandra Jacobs, New York Observer

An acerbic, funny, and maddening coming-of-wisdom novel...Fonseca's frank takes on sexuality, sexism, age, and how fear undermines love are canny and tonic. -Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review

Fearless...Fonseca shows off a vicious humor and an unsparing prose style in this ink-dark foray into marriage's murkier precincts. -Vogue

Meandering and thoughtful...Intense and realistic, full of sexual imagery and churning emotion. -Library Journal

Fonseca possesses a considerable novelizing talent-a wonderful eye and vocabulary for the observable world, a natural gift for portraiture, and at times a nasty wit about characters we're not meant to like. She also regularly notices things men might wish women didn't notice; though in other quarters might wish they did. All, though, is perfectly suited to her complex subject-one worth taking seriously: the difficulty of loving someone you already love, and its corollary, the stony impenetrability of others.

-Richard Ford

A compelling fiction debut...Fonseca's nonfiction Bury Me Standing drew a vivid portrait of the international Gypsy community, and she shifts locales and emotional registers with evocative ease here, delving deeply into her ensemble's motivations. She's as unsparing of their flaws as she is frank about their desires...A dramatic demonstration of the limits of attachment. --Publishers Weekly

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Synopsis:

Enjoying a sabattical on a remote tropical island with her ad-exec husband Mark, health columnist Jean Hubbard finds her peace turned upside down by the discovery of a salacious love letter addressed to Mark, turmoil in her own life, a suspicious mammogram result, her daughter's impending leaving home, her ailing father, and surprising news from her mother. 25,000 first printing.

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After more than twenty years of life in London, Jean and Mark Hubbard decamp to a remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean. But when Jean, a health columnist, discovers a salacious love letter addressed to her husband, she realizes that she has misdiagnosed some acute pathologies in her own life. The long idyll of their mutual ease is over - and a new quest has just begun. Looking for answers, Jean goes undercover with a surreptitious correspondence that propels her on to alarming and illuminating adventures of her own. Isabel Fonseca explores the impulses that color and disrupt our lives even as they reveal, ever more clearly, the nature of love.

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About the Author

In addition to her best-selling Bury Me Standing, Isabel Fonseca has written for a wide range of publications, including The Independent, Vogue, The Nation, and TheWall Street Journal. Born in New York, she was educated at Columbia and Oxford and lives in London with her husband, Martin Amis, and their two daughters.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307269386
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Fonseca, Isabel
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Self-actualization (psychology)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
305

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"Synopsis" by , Enjoying a sabattical on a remote tropical island with her ad-exec husband Mark, health columnist Jean Hubbard finds her peace turned upside down by the discovery of a salacious love letter addressed to Mark, turmoil in her own life, a suspicious mammogram result, her daughter's impending leaving home, her ailing father, and surprising news from her mother. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , After more than twenty years of life in London, Jean and Mark Hubbard decamp to a remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean. But when Jean, a health columnist, discovers a salacious love letter addressed to her husband, she realizes that she has misdiagnosed some acute pathologies in her own life. The long idyll of their mutual ease is over - and a new quest has just begun. Looking for answers, Jean goes undercover with a surreptitious correspondence that propels her on to alarming and illuminating adventures of her own. Isabel Fonseca explores the impulses that color and disrupt our lives even as they reveal, ever more clearly, the nature of love.

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