A Thousand Pardons: A Novel by Jonathan Dee

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 can we really need once we ask for forgiveness?
 
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a brink. Ben, a associate in a prestigious legislations enterprise, has develop into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a swap that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara.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 unearths a role in public family members and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate long island to an condominium in big apple. There, Helen discovers she has a unprecedented present, necessary on the planet of photograph regulate: she will persuade smug males to confess their error, spinning crises into moment possibilities. 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 away habit, Helen needs to face the bounds of responsibility and her personal means for forgiveness.

Praise for A Thousand Pardons
 
A Thousand Pardons is that infrequent factor: a real literary mystery. Eerily suspenseful and full of dramatic occasion, it additionally deals 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 no sacrificing a smidgen of mental perception. What a triumph.”—Kirkus experiences (starred review)
 
“Dee is adept at meshing the complexities of marriage and relations existence with the paradoxes of the zeitgeist. In his 6th meticulously lathed and magnetizing novel, he riffs at the perform of obstacle 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, continually enjoyable tale . . . a sensible, witty examine the rites of apology in modern America.”—Shelf wisdom

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So, so, lesen das die jungen Leute noch immer? Herr Homburger, wie denken Sie darüber? Was hält man heutzutage von diesem alten Schweden? « »Ja, richtig, Esajas. « »Das glaube ich gerne! Gelebt hat der Mann schon zu meinen Zeiten nicht mehr, ich meine damals, als ich ihn las. « »Ich bedaure, über Mode und Moden bin ich nicht unterrichtet. Was die wissenschaftlich-ästhetische Wertung betrifft –« »Nun ja, das meinte ich. « »Die Literaturgeschichte verzeichnet jenen Tegner lediglich noch als Namen.

Die Sommerstube, wo man die Mahlzeiten hielt, lag zuhinterst im Hause. Sie war eigentlich eine Halle, vom Garten nur durch eine Glaswand getrennt, und sprang geräumig als ein kleiner Flügel aus dem Hause vor. Hier war nun der eigentliche Garten, der von alters her ›am See‹ genannt wurde, wenngleich statt eines Sees nur ein kleiner, länglicher Teich zwischen den Beeten, Spalierwänden, Wegen und Obstpflanzungen lag. Die aus der Halle ins Freie führende Treppe war von Oleandern und Palmen eingefaßt, im übrigen sah es ›am See‹ nicht herrschaftlich, sondern behaglich ländlich aus.

Gegen das Ende der Mahlzeit hatte der Hausherr nach hitzigem Kampfe mit seinem Freunde das Wort an sich gerissen und ließ es sich nicht wieder nehmen. Der besiegte Professor fand nun erst Zeit zum Essen und holte maßvoll nach. Herr Homburger merkte endlich, daß niemand Angriffe auf ihn richtete, sah aber nun zu spät, daß sein Schweigen unfein gewesen war, und glaubte sich von seiner Nachbarin höhnisch betrachtet zu wissen. Er senkte deshalb den Kopf so weit, daß eine leichte Falte unterm Kinn entstand, zog die Augenbrauen hoch und schien Probleme im Kopf zu wälzen.

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