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Ed King (Paperback)

Author:  David Guterson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307455904
ISBN-13: 9780307455901
Sku: 228192031
Publish Date: 7/24/2012
Pages:  301
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A sweeping, propulsive, darkly humorous new novel by the bestselling author of "Snow Falling on Cedars": a story of destiny, desire, and destruction that reimagines Sophocles''s "Oedipus Rex" for our own era.
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A sweeping, propulsive, darkly humorous new novel by the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: a story of destiny, desire, and destruction that reimagines Sophocles's Oedipus Rex for our own era.
In Seattle in 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary??a guy who weighs risk for a living??takes a risk of his own, and makes the biggest error of his life. He sleeps with Diane Burroughs, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who's taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted by an adoring family and named Edward Aaron King, grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and an international celebrity?the ?King of Search??who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape.
An instant classic?David Guterson's most daring and dazzling novel yet?that brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time.

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David Guterson (SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS and THE OTHER) reworks the classic Greek myth of Oedipus in this novel about a high-tech businessman. Ed King is the result of an affair between Walter Cousins, a pudgy actuary, and Diane Burroughs, a significantly younger British nanny. Fortunately, when Diane decides she doesn't want the child, she drops it off on the doorstep of a wealthy couple's home. Dan and Alice King could not be happier to have Ed, as they name him, in their lives. (In fact Alice is perhaps a little too happy...) But Ed grows up, goes to Stanford, visits many a psychiatrist, and ultimately amasses fame and fortune thanks to the Internet. Guterson sticks faithfully to Sophocles' plot, so Ed's life does not get a happy ending. But the style and way with words that won Guterson much critical acclaim and many devoted readers shines through in ED KING.


"[S]harply written...." - Jay Parini 10/27/2011

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0301
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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