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  - oldblack - LibraryThing

One reviewer wrote: "a truly magical novel that draws the reader into its enchantment from the first page". Well, the first page didn't appeal to me, neither did the second, and the next 48 or so were ... 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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