The Body of Jonah Boyd

The Body of Jonah Boyd

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It's 1969 and Denny is on her way to the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Wright's plush campus house. Denny is more nervous than usual because she has recently begun an affair with Dr Ernest Wright, a psychology professor who happens to be her boss. Needless to say, Ernest's wife Nancy doesn't suspect dowdy Denny of seducing her husband and continues to treat her more like a servant than a friend. To add to the tension, the Wright's only daughter is having a secret affair with Ernest's protege, and the youngest son, Ben, is as delicate and insufferable as only a poetry-writing fifteen-year-old can be. But this year the guests will include Nancy's best friend Anne and her new husband, the celebrated novelist Jonah Boyd, and this fateful holiday will turn out to be like no more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747568286
  • 9780747568285
  • 998,108

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'Cleverly plotted and subtle ... Leavitt's own witty, matter-of-fact voice is pitched low-key throughout, with a superb sense of comic timing and gentle pathos that perfectly suit this modern comedy of bad manners' Scotland on Sunday 'Clever and funny' Independent 'Remarkably gifted' Washington Post 'An absorbing tale' Daily Telegraphshow more

About David Leavitt

David Leavitt is the author of several novels including The Lost Language of Cranes, three story collections and, most recently, Florence, A Delicate Case, from Bloomsbury's series The Writer and the City. He lives in Gainesville and teaches at the University of more

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