A Smugler's Bible

A Smugler's Bible

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Joseph McElroy began his distinguished career in 1966, with "A Smuggler's Bible," hailed in "The New York Times" as a novel of "daring, range, and brilliant subtlety . . . to ignore it would be as shameful an act of blind self-deprivation as that which so many of us performed when "The Recognitions" and "Under the Volcano" were first published." "Actress in the House" is his eighth novel-his first in twelve years-a provocative and imaginative work that explores the mysterious interaction of memory, abuse, love, and violence. Struck in the face, the actress on stage is staggered but doesn't fall. She gazes into the audience, staring with bloody nose at the middle-aged man in the eighth row of this obscure downtown warehouse theater who is drawn in by this violence unmistakably over the line. Daley has never set eyes on this actress before, yet is not entirely unacquainted with her either. Almost against his will, her life will invade his, her efforts to break free of those who have tried to control her, and worse. As Becca and Daley begin the uncertain process of discovering one another, talking surprisingly, absorbingly, with a humor and uncanny closeness on the night streets of mid-1990s New York, they slowly unearth the events-both past and present-that have brought them together and may tear them apart.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 445 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 36mm | 719.99g
  • Macmillan Computer Publishing (a Pearson Education company)
  • Que
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1585673501
  • 9781585673506
  • 1,884,925

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""Actress in the House, which is by turns mesmerizing, demanding, frightening, and achingly compassionate, is more evidence of McElroy's stealthy genius. Here's a contemporary voice that is surely as important as Pynchon, Gaddis, and DeLillo.:show more

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46 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 28% (13)
4 43% (20)
3 22% (10)
2 7% (3)
1 0% (0)
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