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Body of Jonah Boyd: A Novel

Leavitt, David

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ISBN 10: 1582341885 / ISBN 13: 9781582341880
Published by Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2004
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Title: Body of Jonah Boyd: A Novel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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The brilliant new novel from an author The New York Times has called "one of his generation's most gifted writers."

It's 1969, and Judith "Denny" Denham has just begun an affair with Dr. Ernest Wright, a psychology professor at Wellspring University, who just happens to be her boss. But her position in the Wright household is not merely as a mistress. Ernest's wife, Nancy, has taken Denny under her wing as a four-hand piano partner and general confidante, although Denny can never seem to measure up to Anne, Nancy's best friend from back east. Ernest's eldest son has fled over the Canadian border to escape the draft, while his only daughter has embarked on a secret affair with her father's protégé. The remaining son, Ben, is fifteen, and as delicate and insufferable as only a poetry-writing fifteen-year-old can be.

That autumn, Denny crosses the freeway that separates Wellspring from its less affluent mirror image, Springwell, to spend Thanksgiving with the Wrights and their assortment of strays, including two honored guests: the eagerly anticipated Anne and Anne's new husband, the acclaimed novelist Jonah Boyd. The chain of events set in motion that Thanksgiving will change the lives of everyone involved in ways that none can imagine, and that won't become clear for decades to come.

Hilarious and scorching, David Leavitt's first novel in four years is a tribute to the power of home, the lure of success, the mystery of originality, and, above all, the sisterhood of secretaries. Flawlessly crafted and full of surprises, it is a showcase for Leavitt's considerable skills.

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Praise for David Leavitt:
"A superb modern novelist of feeling."-Kirkus Reviews

"He is in full command of a sharp, elegant style."-USA Today

"Remarkably gifted."-Washington Post

"A perceptive, probing chronicler of our time."-Sacramento Bee

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