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“A remarkable creation. . . . Truly moving. . . .  richly human novel [and a] grand portrait of a city.” —The Washington Post

“Ambitious, entertaining, and often scathingly angry.” —The New York Times Book Review

A Week in December is a formally ambitious, intelligently entertaining, rather provocative novel of contemporary manners.” —Los Angeles Times

 

“Reflects the tumultuous present with both humor and a scathing sensibility. . . . This, at its heart, is fiction about folks, and it’s darned compelling.” —The Denver Post

“Vigorous, authentic and often hilarious. . . . Clever and convincing.” —Chicago Tribune

 

“The ultimate urban novel. . . . A blistering social document.” —Seattle Times

 

“Delightful and witty. . . . A state-of-the-nation book, a satirical comedy of metropolitan literary life, a sweeping, Dickensian look at contemporary London, a serious examination of Islam and the reasons for radicalism among young Muslims, a thriller, a satire . . . and a detailed look at the sharp financial practices that led to the collapse.” —The Guardian (London)

 

“Precisely what we need to help us navigate these complex times. Chatrooms, blogs, reality TV: this is the landscape contemporary fiction must inhabit to stay relevant. Faulks’ does so with mastery.” —GQ

 

“[Faulks] handles his topics with witty verve.” —The New Yorker

 

“Guessing the real-life characters who might have inspired those in the novel adds an extra scoop of fun to this bewitching, well-observed snapshot of London life.” —Elle

 

“If you’re a fan of Charles Dickens, A Week in December reads like a vastly entertaining new version of Our Mutual Friend, with a side order of Bleak House.” —NPR, “What We’re Reading”

 

“Eminently readable [and] cleverly plotted.” —The Times (London)

 

“Faulks . . . writes in a style that is always sophisticated and sometimes satirical, but he never fails to draw in readers looking for a good story. . . . Deeply creative.” —BookPage

 

“A riposte to those who say the novel doesn’t deal with big issues any more.” —The Telegraph (London)

 

“Well-plotted and gripping throughout.” —The Spectator  

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307476623
Author:
Faulks, Sebastian
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x .83 in .6875 lb

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Product details 400 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307476623 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the blustery final days of 2007, seven characters will reach an unexpected turning point: a hedge fund manager pulling off a trade, a professional football player recently arrived from Poland, a young lawyer with too much time on his hands, a student led astray by Islamist theory, a hack book reviewer, a schoolboy hooked on pot and reality TV, and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these lives in a daily loop. And as the novel moves to its gripping climax, they are forced, one by one, to confront the new world they inhabit.

 

Panoramic and masterful, A Week in December melds moral heft and piercing wit, holding a mirror up to the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life.

"Synopsis" by , From the author of the bestselling Birdsong comes a powerful novel that melds the moral heft of Dickens and the scrupulous realism of Trollope with the satirical spirit of Tom Wolfe.

London: the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on reality TV and genetically altered pot; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.

With daring skill and savage humor, A Week in December explores the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life; as the novel moves to its gripping climax, its characters are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they—and we all—inhabit.

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