By Jonathan Dee
For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. during this sharply saw story of self-invention and public scandal, Dee increases a trenchant query: what will we actually need after we ask for forgiveness?
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a verge of collapse. Ben, a accomplice in a prestigious legislations enterprise, has develop into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a switch that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in a single afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming flip, and every little thing the Armsteads have equipped jointly unravels, quickly and spectacularly.
ward off into the operating international, Helen reveals a task in public kin and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate manhattan to an condominium in ny. There, Helen discovers she has an extraordinary present, vital on the earth of photograph keep an eye on: she will be able to persuade conceited males to confess their errors, spinning crises into moment percentages. but redemption is extra simply granted in her specialist lifestyles than in her own one.
As she is faced with the largest case of her profession, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s more and more far-off habit, Helen needs to face the boundaries of responsibility and her personal potential for forgiveness.
Praise for A Thousand Pardons
“A Thousand Pardons is that infrequent factor: a real literary mystery. Eerily suspenseful and choked with dramatic occasion, it additionally bargains a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective eager for authenticity in those overmediated times.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of A stopover at from the Goon Squad
“A web page turner with out sacrificing a smidgen of mental perception. What a triumph.”—Kirkus reports (starred review)
“Dee is adept at meshing the complexities of marriage and family members existence with the paradoxes of the zeitgeist. In his 6th meticulously lathed and magnetizing novel, he riffs at the perform of main issue administration [and] the absurdities of a society geared to speak in 1000 digital modes whereas these closest to one another can slightly make eye contact.”—Booklist
“[A] fast-moving, regularly unique tale . . . a sensible, witty examine the rites of apology in modern America.”—Shelf expertise
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A Thousand Pardons: A Novel by Jonathan Dee