Leading the Cheers
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Leading the Cheers

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Dan Silas returns to America for his high school reunion where he makes some unexpected discoveries. His former girlfriend tells him that her daughter was his child and Dan's oldest friend has suffered a breakdown and now believes himself to be the reincarnation of an Indian chief. In an attempt to make sense of these disturbing facts, Dan digs further into their lives, with both tragic and comic results.

LEADING THE CHEERS is a rich portrayal of small-town life with wonderfully evoked characters and

Justin Cartwright's beautifully observed writing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • none
  • 0340637854
  • 9780340637852
  • 622,036

Review quote

'Highly intelligent and moving. The lucidity and elegance of Cartwright's writing makes this an easy novel to read, and read quickly. But anyone who does so is likely to feel the need to go back and read it again, and even again, so rich is its moral complexity, so acute its observations, so profoundly does it question much of what we easily accept. It is a remarkable piece of work'
The Scotsman 'Exquisitely unpredictable, witty and subtle meditation on American and its relationship with illusion'
The Times 'A richly comic novel. The writing is deeply textured'
Independent 'Clever, funny and never quite predictable, LEADING THE CHEERS takes the familiar theme of a mid-life crisis and offers a solution which is as unexpected as it is ingenious'
Financial Times 'A wonderfully observed novel . . . lean prose and deft characterisation . . .A book which provides a rare outsider's glimpse of the quiet despair that lurks behind those bright, perfectly-formed American smiles'
Literary Review 'LEADING THE CHEERS represents an accomplished, and often entertaining, engagement with the paradoxical nature of the relationship between individuality and community'
Times Literary Supplement 'In Cartwright's skilful hands the ordinariness of circumstances is always juxtaposed with something so extraordinary that no doubt is left as to why his story has to be told'
Daily Telegraph 'Excellent . . . sharply written episodes abound'
Mail on Sunday A book which is itself individual; eloquent, tender, as well as sharply observant and funny * Sunday Telegraph * 'A book which is itself individual; eloquent, tender, as well as sharply observant and funny'
Sunday Telegraph Such a complex and rewarding novel is only what you would expect from such a talented and original writer * Evening Standard * 'A vividly exceptional performance, both for the poetry of its descriptions and the largeness of its themes. It is an off-kilter study of America, from Jefferson to serial killers, and a meditation on the way people cope with death and the lack of meaning in life'
Sunday Times 'Such a complex and rewarding novel is only what you would expect from such a talented and original writer'
Evening Standard This excellent new novel .... sharply written episodes abound * Mail on Sunday * A vividly exceptional performance, both for the poetry of its descriptions and the largeness of its themes. It is an off-kilter study of America, from Jefferson to serial killers, and a meditation on the way people cope with death and the lack of meaning in life * Sunday Times * "A meditation on time, memory, friendship and
identity. It overturns the cliched perception of America and
gives a new depth to something which is often treated
sensationally. Cartwright has a real talent for getting to the heart
of different cultures and how we live now."
The judges of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel
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About Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright's previous novel, IN EVERY FACE I MEET, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Justin Cartwright was educated in America and at Oxford University..
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Rating details

122 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 10% (12)
4 27% (33)
3 43% (52)
2 17% (21)
1 3% (4)
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