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Hynes, James

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ISBN 10: 0316051926 / ISBN 13: 9780316051927
Published by Little Brown, New York, 2010
Condition: As New Hardcover
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James Hynes has produced a totally stunning novel, eight hours in the life of an American everyman editor at an academic press in Ann Arbor flying to Austin, Texas to interview for a new job. What he finds along the way, told in unerring contemporary prose, is funny, poignant, full of insight about contemporary America, and, eventually, startling. It's also a great read, sort of an American version of "Ulysses," and clear as a bell. The initial reviews suggest this could become a major American novel. Bookseller Inventory # 111015

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Title: Next

Publisher: Little Brown, New York

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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One Man, one day, and a novel bursting with drama, comedy, and humanity.
Kevin Quinn is a standard-variety American male: middle-aged, liberal-leaning, self-centered, emotionally damaged, generally determined to avoid both pain and responsibility. As his relationship with his girlfriend approaches a turning point, and his career seems increasingly pointless, he decides to secretly fly to a job interview in Austin, Texas. Aboard the plane, Kevin is simultaneously attracted to the young woman in the seat next to him and panicked by a new wave of terrorism in Europe and the UK. He lands safely with neuroses intact and full of hope that the job, the expansive city, and the girl from the plane might yet be his chance for reinvention. His next eight hours make up this novel, a tour-de-force of mordant humor, brilliant observation, and page-turning storytelling.

About the Author:

James Hynes is the author of the novels The Lecturer's Tale, Wild Colonial Boy, the stories Publish & Perish (all New York Times Notable Books of the Year), and the novel Kings of Infinite Space. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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