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The Convalescent (Hardcover)

Author:  Jessica Anthony
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 193478110X
ISBN-13: 9781934781104
Sku: 210753514
Publish Date: 6/1/2009
Pages:  243
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On June 15, 1985, at 3:42 p.m., a six-point-seven magnitude earthquake hit Puebla, Mexico, destroying two hundred and ninety churches, three hundred schools, and four thousand houses, leaving fourteen people dead and over fifteen thousand homeless. (from the first line)
Anthony, the inaugural winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, makes an unforgettable debut with an unforgettable hero: Seymour Akos Pfliegman--unlikely bandit, unloved lover, and historian of the unimportant.
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Selling meat out of a bus parked next to a stream in suburban Virginia, Seymour Akos Pfiegman evaluates his lonely existence as an unlikely bandit and historian of mundane trivia, in a tale that indirectly reflects the long history of Hungary. A first novel.Selling meat out of a bus parked next to a stream in suburban Virginia, Seymour Akos Pfiegman evaluates his lonely existence as an unlikely bandit and historian of mundane trivia, in a tale that indirectly reflects the long history of Hungary.
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This deliciously bizarre debut novel packs the whole of Hungarian history into the life of a man named Rovar Ákos Pfliegman, who sells meat out of a bus and keeps a pet beetle. The last of his family clan, an ailing Rovar laments his lack of offspring and recounts some of the disastrous fates of Pfliegman's past, delving deep into human history to reveal the origins of the tainted bloodline that has afflicted him since birth.

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"[T]he narrative nods to all sorts of greats--Kafka, Rushdie, Darwin, and Grass....But Anthony's style--funny, immediate and unapologetically cerebral--carves out a space all its own." (starred review) 05/04/2009
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