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The rise & fall of great powers : a novel

Author: Tom Rachman
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2014.
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For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt'the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists, one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman trying to piece  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Rachman
ISBN: 9780812995725 0812995724
OCLC Number: 869380675
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For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt'the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists, one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman trying to piece together the puzzle of her mysterious childhood. Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors' Why did they take her' What did they really want' There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for books; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he vanished. Years later, Tooly believes she will never know the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search for answers. Tom Rachman'an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters'has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this breathtaking book will confirm Rachman's reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have. Praise for The Imperfectionists "So good I had to read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off ... The novel is alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching, and it's assembled like a Rubik's Cube."'Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review "Marvelous ... a rich, thrilling book ... a splendid original, filled with wit and structured so ingeniously that figuring out where the author is headed is half the fun."'Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Each chapter is so finely wrought that it could stand alone as a memorable short story. Slowly, the separate strands become entwined. ... Funny, poignant, occasionally breathtaking."'Financial Times "[A] beguiling first novel ... Rachman is a fine observer and a funny writer'and a writer who knows how to be funny in character."'The Washington Post "Deftly written and sharply observed ... a delight ... It's impossible not to like'this is masterful stuff."'The Philadelphia Inquirer From the Hardcover edition.

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