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The Pesthouse (Paperback)

Author:  Jim Crace
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307278956
ISBN-13: 9780307278951
Sku: 206699859
Publish Date: 5/13/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  255
Age Range:  NA
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From the two-time winner of the Whitbread Prize and shortlist candidate for the Booker comes an intimate story of characters whose lives have been uprooted and thrown into danger and misadventure.
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In a futuristic American wasteland in which families are fleeing to Europe, an injured Franklin Lopez joins forces with Margaret, a woman suffering from a deadly infection and confined to the Pesthouse to either recover or die alone, as the two discover that their dreams of a safe and secure future mean following an unexpected path. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States has become sparsely populated and chaotically unstable. Across the country, families have traveled toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe. As Franklin Lopez makes his way towards the ocean, he finds Margaret, a sick woman shunned to die in isolation. Tentatively, the two join forces, heading towards their future. With striking prose and a deep understanding of the American ethos, Jim Crace, one of our most consistently ambitious writers, creates in The Pesthouse a masterful tale of the human drive to endure.
National Critics Award and Whitbread-winning author Jim Crace, who has previously depicted the dire future of Britain (ARCADIA) , imagines a desperate America after a total environmental and societal collapse. The population has regressed to crude farming, fishing, and fighting with swords. Surrounded by crumbled cities and freeways, many have fled to the east coast in hope of catching one of the ships leaving for the fabled land of Europe. One of these desperate refugees is a farm boy, Franklin, who falls in love with Margaret, a women afflicted with "the flux," a terrible disease. Their adventures include a run-in with a religious sect that has forsaken metal, manual labor, and all the things that led America to cataclysm in the past.
Author Bio
Jim Crace
In addition to writing novels and stories, Jim Crace has written for television, radio, and the press. He has also traveled widely. According to Crace (in a Bookforum interview, Fall 2001), he has led a blessed life: "a happy childhood, a long and loving marriage, great children and friends, good health."


"Crace's fable is an engrossing...outline of the shape of things to come." 01/29/2007

"[A]n engrossing novel that may be the richest and most ambitious of the renowned author's career." (starred review) 02/01/2007

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0255
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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