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Sparta

Author: Roxana Robinson
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"[After four years in Iraq, Conrad Farrell returns to Katonah, New York], and he's beginning to learn that something has changed in his landscape. Something has gone wrong, though things should be fine: he hasn't been shot or wounded; he's never had psychological troubles. But as he attempts to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend and to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roxana Robinson
ISBN: 9780374267704 0374267707
OCLC Number: 809926051
Description: 386 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Roxana Robinson.

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"[After four years in Iraq, Conrad Farrell returns to Katonah, New York], and he's beginning to learn that something has changed in his landscape. Something has gone wrong, though things should be fine: he hasn't been shot or wounded; he's never had psychological troubles. But as he attempts to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend and to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to return to the people and places he used to love"--Dust jacket flap.

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