America, America

America, America

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It is the early 1970s; Nixon is in the White House and Corey Sifter, the young son of working-class parents, is befriended by the powerful Metarey family, whose patriarch is a kingmaker in the world of New York state politics. Corey becomes a yard-boy on the Metarey's grand estate, and soon, through the family's generosity, a student at a private boarding school. Before long, he is a confidant of the Metareys and an aide to the great New York Senator Henry Bonwiller as he runs for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. But as the Bonwiller presidential campaign gains momentum a crime is committed, and Corey is forced to reconcile his part in a complex tangle of morality, politics, gratitude, love and loyalty. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and during one of the most turbulent eras of twentieth-century US politics, America America possesses the mastery of pace and voice of classic American fiction. Canin has written a magnificent novel about ambition and family, politics and crime, sex and love, small-town life and big-time power - and, ultimately, how vanity, greatness and tragedy combine to change history and fate.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 43.18mm | 703.06g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747597456
  • 9780747597452
  • 1,388,754

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'Though I've always loved Ethan Canin's work, I still wasn't prepared for AMERICA AMERICA, as rich, ambitious, intelligent, emotionally satisfying and important a work of fiction as we're likely to get this year. Read this novel and weep, not just for all we've lost but how we lost it.' Richard Russo, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning EMPIRE FALLS 'One of the best writers at work today' Lorrie Moore 'An arresting American political legend, intricately - and suspensefully - structured, gracefully written, and enhanced by thoughtful insights and intuitions in regard to its strong idiosyncratic characters.' Peter Matthiessen, author of SHADOW COUNTRY 'AMERICA AMERICA is the crowning glory of his writing life' Pat Conroy, author of THE PRINCE OF TIDESshow more

About Ethan Canin

Ethan Canin is the author of the novels Blue River, For Kings and Planets, and Carry Me Across the Water, and of the story collections Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief (of which one story was made into the film The Emperor's Club). A physician, he is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and lives in Iowa.show more

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