The Wonder Book of the Air (Paperback)

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In electrifying prose and with a rare generosity of feeling, this dramatic and piercing debut novel tells the story of the fractured lives of three generations of one Southern family. "Magnificent . . . brims with characters who seem truer than life."--Kaye Gibbons.

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Publisher Vintage Books
Mfg Part# 9780679758365
SKU 30118874
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679758364
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 0.75T
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"...magnificent. The story, told in astounding detail, brims with characters who seem truer than life. I can't believe that this is a first novel. Shearer has the integrity and authority of a well-seasoned writer."
"Extraordinary....Shearer's story belongs to one of the defining myths of modern America."
"Fearless and hearty....Ms. Shearer's...ardent expression of her character's lives is something rare."
"Harrison Durrance--shoeshine boy, West Point graduate, wife-beater, and alcoholic--is the focal point of this compelling first novel..."
"In a disturbing account of three generations, Shearer's debut uses a series of first-person narratives to trace the disintegration of a southern family's happiness...A confident and daring debut, using the microcosm of this family's fall as an emblem of the American dream gone bad."
"Shearer's language is always lucid, lyrical and to the point. It makes 'The Wonder Book of Air' a pleasure to read."
"Supple and observant prose propels the reader through Southern writer Cynthia Shearer's ambitious debut novel about the 'lies' that men and women perpetuate, and the ways in which embittered parents pass their resentments along to their children...Shearer's graceful prose [keeps] us interested, even when the story turns bleak...Shearer's language is always lucid, lyrical and to the point. It makes 'The Wonder Book of the Air' a pleasure to read, despite 'the wall of human misery' at its core."
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Annotation The story of a Southern family, including Harrison Durrance, who, after his stint as a daring pilot in World War II, finds that the world fails him at least as often as he fails the people close to him.
Editors Note In electrifying prose and with a rare generosity of feeling, this dramatic and piercing debut novel tells the story of the fractured lives of three generations of one Southern family. "Magnificent . . . brims with characters who seem truer than life."--Kaye Gibbons.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0320
Publisher Vintage Books

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