The Convalescent

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McSweeney's Books, 2009 - Fiction - 243 pages
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The Convalescent is the story of a small, bearded man selling meat out of a bus parked next to a stream in suburban Virginia . . . and also, somehow, the story of 10,000 years of Hungarian history. Jessica Anthony, the inaugural winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, makes an unforgettable debut with an unforgettable hero: Rovar Ákos Pfliegman — unlikely bandit, unloved lover, and historian of the unimportant.

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User Review  - cat-ballou - LibraryThing

So, it got too Kafka-esque too quickly at the end, but things were really pretty good up until that point. Although, if you have a sensitive stomach, a vivid imagination, or, horrors, both, you will want to put this book down at points. Read full review

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User Review  - Megan Fahey - Goodreads

So good, especially if you like books about dwarves who steal meat and live in vans mixed with Hungarian mythos. Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Jessica Anthony’s writing has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, The Best New American Voices, New American Writing, and Mid-American Review, among many others. She lives in Portland, ME.

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