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    DescriptionA "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year A "Time Magazine" Best Book of the Year An "Esquire" Best Book of Year "Beautifully wrought . . . Brutally funny and sad."--Vanity Fair Here, from the writer described by "The Guardian" as "our purest living prose stylist" and whom Alan Hollinghurst has called "the most brilliant English novelist of his generation," is a work of glittering social comedy, profound emotional truth, and acute verbal wit. "At Last" is also the stunning culmination of one of the great fiction enterprises of the past two decades in the life of the English novel. As readers of Edward St. Aubyn's extraordinary earlier works--"Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, "and the Man Booker Prize finalist "Mother's Milk--"are well aware, for Patrick Melrose, "family" has always been a double-edged sword. "At Last" begins as friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his mother, Eleanor. An Americam heiress, Eleanor married into the British aristocracy, giving up the grandeur of her upbringing for "good works" freely bestowed on everyone but her own son, who finds himself questioning whether his transition to a life without parents will indeed be the liberation he had so long imagined. The service ends, and family and friends gather for a final party. Amid the social niceties and social horrors, Patrick begins to sense the prospect of release from the extremes of his childhood, and at the end of the day, alone in his room, the promise some form of safety. . . "at last."


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    Title
    At Last
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Edward St Aubyn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 266
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 236 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781250023902
    ISBN 10: 1250023904
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 823/.914
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000
    B&T Approval Code: P25100000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6069.T134 A93 2013
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Picador USA
    Imprint name
    Picador USA
    Publication date
    24 December 2012
    Author Information
    Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of "A Clue to the Exit "and "On the Edge"; a "s"eries of novels about the Melrose family, including the trilogy "Some Hope"; and "Mother's Milk," which was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.
    Review quote
    " . . . one of the most amazing reading experiences I've had in a decade. After all the suffering and torment and despair that Patrick Melrose has been through over the years, [St. Aubyn] leaves him in a very interesting place, and he does it all with his incredible examination of the sweep of time and the way our understanding of people changes over decades. All of that is done with this incredible, biting, witty, hilarious prose style, the elegant, classic English sentences that he writes and these amazing put-downs, and he's great at dissecting an entire social world with a really wicked scalpel." --Michael Chabon, "The Los Angeles Times" "Remarkable . . . In order to understand what makes these novels so exceptional, it's better to open any one of them at random, marveling at the precise observations and glistening turns of phrase, not to mention dialogue witty enough to make our own most clever conversations sound like . . . well, like St. Aubyn's Princess Margaret." --Francine Prose, "The New York Times Book Review" "["At Last"] offers up everything that one could hope for in a good novel." --Christopher A. Gellert, "The Washington Square New" "St. Aubyn's skill with characterization, his dissection of how a personality warps, settles, or improves over time, is nowhere more evident than in his aging of Patrick, whose mood and mental state are a gauge for the tone of each novel. . . "At Last "is far less dramatic than any previous Melrose book, although the humor and perfectly observed dialogue remain. Its calm is entirely suited to the wisdom Patrick Melrose has painfully, finally earned." --Victoria Beale, "The New Republic" "St. Aubyn writes with exquisite control and a brilliant comic touch. . . An intelligent and surprisingly hopeful novel, a fitting conclusion to one of the best fictional cycles in contemporary fiction." --Anthony Domestico, "The Boston Globe " "You have to drill down pretty far and pretty mercilessly to get to the vulnerable, human soul