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From Ethan Canin, bestselling author of The Palace Thief, comes a stunning novel, set in a small town during the Nixon era and today, about America and family, politics and tragedy, and the impact of fate on a young man's life.

In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the family's generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president of the United States. Before long, Corey finds himself involved with one of the Metarey daughters as well, and he begins to leave behind the world of his upbringing. As the Bonwiller campaign gains momentum, Corey finds himself caught up in a complex web of events in which loyalty, politics, sex, and gratitude conflict with morality, love, and the truth.

America America is a beautiful novel about America as it was and is, a remarkable exploration of how vanity, greatness, and tragedy combine to change history and fate.

PRAISE FOR AMERICA AMERICA

A brilliant, serious book for serious readers.

-San Diego Union Tribune

A complicated, many-layered epic of class, politics, sex, death, and social history...Its reach is wide and its touch often masterly.

-John Updike in The New Yorker

A sprawling, captivating, timely work of art...Clearly the work of a writer at the top of his form...A novel that reminds us that fiction matters.

-Houston Chronicle

As rich, ambitious, intelligent, emotionally satisfying and important a work of fiction as we're likely to get this year.

-Richard Russo, PulitzerPrize-winning author of Empire Falls

We've waited a long time for a worthy successor to Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, and it couldn't have arrived at a more auspicious moment.

-Washington Post

An intoxicating big book-in both size and ambition.

Thrilling...Luminous.

-Cleveland Plain Dealer

A big, ambitious, old-fashioned, quintessentially American novel about politics, power, ambition, class, ethics and loyalty...Bravo to Canin for tackling the American Dream.

-Los Angeles Times

Beautifully written...Heartbreaking.

-USA Today

Intelligently observed, elegantly written...A perfect story for an election year, but one that will be read long after November.

-Christian Science Monitor

A magnificent novel with enormous sweep and power...The crowning glory of Ethan Canin's writing life.

-Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides

A very ambitious take on the great American novel-about class, wealth, politics, history, power, innocence and corruption. Beautiful...brilliant...complicated...At times triumphant, at times sad.

-Linda Wertheimer, National Public Radio

Ethan Canin could hardly wish for higher praise than this: His big, carefully crafted novel earns the right to its name.

--New York Observer

One of the best writers at work today.

-Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America

At year's end, America America might not have won the National Book Award, but it should have.

-Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

A grand novel, with a wide scope and small anguishes...The writing is exquisite, the depiction of the fading days of a certain Americandream haunting.

-Miami Herald

A splendid novel.

-Publishers Weekly, Signature Review

A superb achievement.

-Library Journal, Starred Review

Powerful and haunting, a major work.

--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Striking...Sweeping, multileveled...America America has that pull, that something that could make it a classic.

-Buffalo News

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Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of "The Palace Thief" comes a stunning novel, set in a small town during the Nixon era and today, about America and family, politics and tragedy, and the impact of fate on a young man's life.

Synopsis:

At the twilight of his career, a faded newspaperman makes the find of a lifetime in a Chicago basement: diaries belonging to the infamous Judith Campbell Exner, one-time paramour to some of the most powerful men in America. When Frank Sinatra flew Judy to Hawaii for a weekend, she could hardly have imagined where it would lead her: straight to the White House and the waiting arms of Jack Kennedy. And then came the day that JFK and his brother Bobby sent her to Chicago, where she was to hand a black bag to the boss of bosses, Sam Giancana. As the reporter fashions Judys diary entries into a coherent story, he finds mob connections, rigged primaries, and assassination plotsand begins to see beyond the tabloid fare to a real woman, adrift and defenseless in a dangerous world where the fates of nations are at stake.

Who was Exner, after all? Just a gangsters moll? Or a bighearted woman who believed the sky-high promises of the New Frontierand paid the price?

Synopsis:

In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the familys generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president. Before long, Corey finds himself involved with one of the Metarey daughters as well, and he begins to leave behind the world of his upbringing. As the Bonwiller campaign gains momentum, Corey finds himself caught up in a complex web of events in which loyalty, politics, sex, and gratitude conflict with morality, love, and the truth. Ethan Canins stunning novel is about America as it was and is, a remarkable exploration of how vanity, greatness, and tragedy combine to change history and fate.

About the Author

Ethan Canin is the author of six books, including the story collections Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief and the novels For Kings and Planets and Carry Me Across the Water. He is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers Workshop and divides his time between Iowa and northern Michigan. He is also a physician.

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SandyPP, September 4, 2014 (view all comments by SandyPP)
A compelling story of a working class teenage boy swept up in forces he doesn’t understand until adulthood--of wealth, power, fallibility, corruption and bad decisions despite admirable values and a desire to do good. Recalling the tragic events from thirty years later, Corey Sifter can finally understand what he couldn't at the time. Great characters and marvelous storytelling made this class consciousness tale one that I could hardly put down. A fine book from a fine writer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812979893
Author:
Canin, Ethan
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Turner, Frederick
Subject:
General
Subject:
Rich people
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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Product details 496 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812979893 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of "The Palace Thief" comes a stunning novel, set in a small town during the Nixon era and today, about America and family, politics and tragedy, and the impact of fate on a young man's life.
"Synopsis" by , At the twilight of his career, a faded newspaperman makes the find of a lifetime in a Chicago basement: diaries belonging to the infamous Judith Campbell Exner, one-time paramour to some of the most powerful men in America. When Frank Sinatra flew Judy to Hawaii for a weekend, she could hardly have imagined where it would lead her: straight to the White House and the waiting arms of Jack Kennedy. And then came the day that JFK and his brother Bobby sent her to Chicago, where she was to hand a black bag to the boss of bosses, Sam Giancana. As the reporter fashions Judys diary entries into a coherent story, he finds mob connections, rigged primaries, and assassination plotsand begins to see beyond the tabloid fare to a real woman, adrift and defenseless in a dangerous world where the fates of nations are at stake.

Who was Exner, after all? Just a gangsters moll? Or a bighearted woman who believed the sky-high promises of the New Frontierand paid the price?

"Synopsis" by , In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the familys generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president. Before long, Corey finds himself involved with one of the Metarey daughters as well, and he begins to leave behind the world of his upbringing. As the Bonwiller campaign gains momentum, Corey finds himself caught up in a complex web of events in which loyalty, politics, sex, and gratitude conflict with morality, love, and the truth. Ethan Canins stunning novel is about America as it was and is, a remarkable exploration of how vanity, greatness, and tragedy combine to change history and fate.
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