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The Palace Thief
Contributor(s): Canin, Ethan (Author)

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ISBN: 0812976177     ISBN-13: 9780812976175
Publisher: Random House Trade
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Published: August 2006
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Annotation: This brilliant new work from the acclaimed author of "Emperor of the Air" presents four novellas--each a stunning fictional portrait--that tell of people trying to understand why their lives have taken such surprising turns. Academy Award winner Kevin Kline stars in the adaptation of the title story in a Universal Pictures release directed by Michael Hoffman ("Restoration").
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BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Short Stories (single Author)
- Fiction | Literary
- Fiction | Sagas
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 1100(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.52" H x 5.22" W x 8.01" L (0.36 lbs) 224 pages
- Cultural Region - Middle East
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"Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm."
-The Washington Post

"Character is destiny," wrote Heraclitus-and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken. In "Accountant," a quintessential company man becomes obsessed with the phenomenal success of a reckless childhood friend. "Batorsag and Szerelem" tells the story of a boy's fascination with the mysterious life and invented language of his brother, a math prodigy. In "City of Broken Hearts," a divorced father tries to fathom the patterns of modern relationships. And in "The Palace Thief," a history teacher at an exclusive boarding school reflects on the vicissitudes of a lifetime connection with a student scoundrel. A remarkable achievement by one of America's finest writers, this brilliant volume reveals the moments of insight that illuminate everyday lives.

"Captivating . . . a heartening tribute to the form . . . an exquisite performance."
-The Boston Sunday Globe

"A model of wit, wisdom, and empathy. Chekhov would have appreciated its frank renderings and quirky ironies."
-Chicago Tribune

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