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A Thousand Pardons

Jonathan Dee

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

New from the author of the critically acclaimed The Privileges, and featured in Simon Mayo's Radio 2 Book Club and Waterstones Book Club. Helen's marriage falls asunder in a spectacularly humiliating, public manner. Thrust into a future that feels like a nightmare, she struggles to come to terms with her husband's crisis, her daughter's estrangement, and her own capa

Ben and Helen Armstead have reached breaking point and it takes one afternoon - and a single act of recklessness - for Ben to deal the final blow to their marriage, spectacularly demolishing everything they built together.

Helen and her teenage daughter Sara leave for Manhattan where Helen takes a job in PR - her first in many years - and discovers she has a gift for spinning crises into second chances. But can she apply her professional talent to her personal life?

A Thousand Pardons is an elegant, audacious, gripping and sharply observed novel about a marriage in ruins and a family in crisis; about the limits of self-invention and the seduction of self-destruction.

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Praise for A Thousand Pardons

  • A Thousand Pardons is that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller. Eerily suspenseful and packed with dramatic event, it also offers a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective longing for authenticity in these over-mediated times.

  • Guilt, redemption and the American dream of starting afresh are Pulitzer-Prize nominee Jonathan Dee's themes in this thoroughly enjoyable comic tale. - Daily Mail

  • The American novelist who has his finger on the pulse. - BBC Front Row

  • Deliciously readable. - Irish Independent

  • Slickly written and great entertainment. - Evening Standard

  • Part relationship drama, part thriller, this is one of our favourite books of the year so far. - Bella

  • ...shrewdly observed and compulsively readable. - Literary Review

  • With his sixth novel, Pulitzer finalist Dee has written a page turner without sacrificing a smidgen of psychological insight. What a triumph. - Kirkus (Starred Review)

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Jonathan Dee

Jonathan Dee is the author of seven novels, including The Locals, A Thousand Pardons, and The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, he teaches in the graduate writing program at Syracuse University.

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