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Publisher Comments:

In her small upstate New York town, Molly Howe is admired for her beauty, poise, and character, until one day a secret is exposed and she is cruelly ostracized. She escapes to Berkeley, where she finds solace in a young art student named John Wheelwright. They embark on an intense, all-consuming affair, until the day Molly disappears-again. A decade later, John is lured by the eccentric advertising visionary Mal Osbourne into a risky venture that threatens to eviscerate every concept, slogan, and gimmick exported by Madison Avenue. And much to Johns amazement, one of the many swept into Osbournes creative vortex is the woman who left him devastated so many years before.

Review:

"Dee has obviously learned some tricks from Updike, which he puts to good use as a painter of Molly's hometown....Though his message is bleak, his measured, textured prose sustains tension, and the depth and unflinching honesty of his characterizations grant the narrative integrity and strong emotional power." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A vastly impressive book....Dee has given us a full rich cultural chronicle." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Dee perceptively explores the reciprocity of private manias and decadent social trends...dramatizing piquant questions of authenticity and mendacity, purity and depravity, leadership and despotism, love and manipulation." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

"[M]asterfully rendered....The novel is at times humorous, especially in Dee's portrayal of the deeply cynical world of advertising....At other times, the novel is harrowing, as in Dee's depiction of Molly's childhood....Enthusiastically recommended..." Library Journal

Review:

"Pure literary entertainment....Palladio has narrative drive and energy, dramatic characters and conflicts, easygoing prose...humor and drama." The Denver Post

Review:

"Dee unites a gripping love story with an ambitious novel of ideas." Newsday

Review:

"In gorgeous language, hypnotic as a fairy tale...Palladio takes the moral temperature of our times." Newark Star-Ledger

Review:

"Palladio shocks, delights and invigorates." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Dee is always able to locate the abstract in the concrete....A Tribeca studio or a small town abortion clinic or a Christian cultist sermon, are all equally interesting to him, and his clear, understated prose gives them a precise fictional life." The Boston Phoenix

Review:

"Robustly imagined." Time Out New York

Synopsis:

When a secret is exposed and Molly Howe is cruelly ostracized, she escapes to Berkeley, where she finds a savior in a young art student named John Wheelwright. One day she disappears — again — not to be seen until a decade later in Manhattan, when John and she are both dawn to an eccentric advertising visionary. A Book Sense 76 Pick.

About the Author

Jonathan Dee is the author of The Lover of History, The Liberty Campaign, and St. Famous. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375726415
Author:
Dee, Jonathan
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Advertising
Subject:
Virginia
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.18x6.50x.81 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375726415 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dee has obviously learned some tricks from Updike, which he puts to good use as a painter of Molly's hometown....Though his message is bleak, his measured, textured prose sustains tension, and the depth and unflinching honesty of his characterizations grant the narrative integrity and strong emotional power."
"Review" by , "A vastly impressive book....Dee has given us a full rich cultural chronicle."
"Review" by , "Dee perceptively explores the reciprocity of private manias and decadent social trends...dramatizing piquant questions of authenticity and mendacity, purity and depravity, leadership and despotism, love and manipulation."
"Review" by , "[M]asterfully rendered....The novel is at times humorous, especially in Dee's portrayal of the deeply cynical world of advertising....At other times, the novel is harrowing, as in Dee's depiction of Molly's childhood....Enthusiastically recommended..."
"Review" by , "Pure literary entertainment....Palladio has narrative drive and energy, dramatic characters and conflicts, easygoing prose...humor and drama."
"Review" by , "Dee unites a gripping love story with an ambitious novel of ideas."
"Review" by , "In gorgeous language, hypnotic as a fairy tale...Palladio takes the moral temperature of our times."
"Review" by , "Palladio shocks, delights and invigorates."
"Review" by , "Dee is always able to locate the abstract in the concrete....A Tribeca studio or a small town abortion clinic or a Christian cultist sermon, are all equally interesting to him, and his clear, understated prose gives them a precise fictional life."
"Review" by , "Robustly imagined."
"Synopsis" by , When a secret is exposed and Molly Howe is cruelly ostracized, she escapes to Berkeley, where she finds a savior in a young art student named John Wheelwright. One day she disappears — again — not to be seen until a decade later in Manhattan, when John and she are both dawn to an eccentric advertising visionary. A Book Sense 76 Pick.
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