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An Ambulance Is On the Way

Wilson, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 0375422102 / ISBN 13: 9780375422102
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, 2005
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, dated, and located by the author on the title page: "For S--, / With much love / Jonathan / 5.15.05 / Newton." Quarterbound in red paper-covered boards with a silver cloth, silver-lettered spine. Book is unmarked; slight spine slant; light foxing to top page edges. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $21.00). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003580

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Title: An Ambulance Is On the Way

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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On the heels of his highly praised novel A Palestine Affair, Jonathan Wilson returns to his first love——the short story——to give us these sharp, bittersweet, often uproariously funny tales of middle-aged American men in hot water with women, with their sweet and savvy kids, with their own consciences. The slacker husband of the title story spends his day running household errands, chatting up the local soccer moms, and drinking most of the wine he was instructed to buy for his wife’s women’s-group meeting that evening; another husband calls an old girlfriend while waiting in the cardiologist’s office for news about his heart; a good Jewish son is torn between the caustic wit of his powerful, very Jewish mother and the fertility urges of his very not-Jewish girlfriend; a divorced dad nearly loses his teenage boy on a Jamaican adventure.

Each of these cases is touched by Wilson’s sympathy and affection for male foibles. Taken together, they give us a nuanced picture of the American husband and father: well-meaning but caught out, horny but physically gone to pot, adrift on dreams and fancies and the desire for a little bit of a break. These are men who, finally, can’t quite suppress their feelings about love, family, and the fundamentals——humdrum, rich, and increasingly precious, these days——of middle-class life.

About the Author:

Jonathan Wilson is the author of the novels A Palestine Affair, a 2004 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and The Hiding Room, and of Schoom, a collection of stories. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Best American Short Stories, and Ploughshares, among other publications, and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches English at Tufts University and lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

A Palestine Affair is available in paperback from Anchor Books.

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