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Just, Ward

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ISBN 10: 0618634630 / ISBN 13: 9780618634637
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2006
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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[8], 258, [6] pages. Signed by author on title page. Autographed sticker on front of DJ. Ward S. Just (born September 5, 1935) is an American writer. He is the author of 17 novels and numerous short stories. He started his career as a print journalist and was also a correspondent for Newsweek and The Washington Post from 1959 to 1969, after which he left journalism to write fiction. His influences include Henry James and Ernest Hemingway. His novel An Unfinished Season was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005. His novel Echo House was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997. He has twice been a finalist for the O. Henry Award. He was Spring 1999 Rome Prize fellow. His fiction is often concerned with the influence of national politics on Americans' personal lives. Much of it is set in Washington D.C. and foreign countries. Another common theme is the alienation felt by Midwesterners in the East. In May 2013, The American Academy of Arts and Letters at its annual induction and award ceremony inducted Ward Just as a new member of the Academy and honored his lifetime achievement in the field of Literature, along with an exhibition of his manuscripts. A portion of this novel appeared in Narrative magazine. This is derived from a Kirkus review: The wife of an American expatriate is killed under mysterious circumstances. Is revenge in order? That's the question posed by Just in this thought-provoking novel. An injured Frenchwoman is being carried down the Pyrenees by four stretcher-bearers. The men are not locals. Smugglers? Refugees? They're on a mission and Florette, met by chance, is a distraction. They cut her throat. She will be found by her husband, Thomas Railles, an older American, a portrait painter, and his lifelong friends Bernhard and Russ, CIA field operatives who have used Thomas to do small jobs. Good detective work lead to the arrest of the four in Le Havre. They are Islamists and mercenaries. Thomas reluctantly watches their interrogation through a two-way mirror. Their leader, Yussef, is Moroccan. A younger guy is beaten bloody with bastinados. Thomas spends time alone with Yussef and is tempted, momentarily, to use the bastinado himself. Thomas concludes that seeing his wife's killers has not helped him. The author is as seductive a raconteur as ever. What's new is a sharper tone regarding the US. A blind 9/11 casualty is also a loudmouth and bully; the Englishman's great-niece is a hard, flag-waving American. Bookseller Inventory # 74487

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Title: Forgetfulness

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing [Stated].

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A former part-time spy for the CIA now living as a respected painter in the south of France, Thomas Railles finds his life turned upside down when his beloved wife Florette is murdered by unknown assailants, until he discovers that four Moroccan terrorists have been charged with her murder. By the author of An Unfinished Season. 50,000 first printing.

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Ward Just is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the National book Award finalist Echo House and An Unfinished Season, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Award. In a career that began as a war correspondent for Newsweek and the Washington Post, Just has lived and written in half a dozen countries, including Britain, France, and Vietnam. His characters often lead public lives as politicians, civil servants, soldiers, artists, and writers. It is the tension between public duty and private conscience that animates much of his fiction, including Forgetfulness. Just and his wife, Sarah Catchpole, divide their time between Martha’s Vineyard and Paris.

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