Ed King

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 18, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A sweeping, propulsive, darkly humorous new novel by the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: a story of destiny, desire, and destruction that reimagines Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex for our own era.
 
In Seattle in 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary—“a guy who weighs risk for a living”—takes a risk of his own, and makes the biggest error of his life. He sleeps with Diane Burroughs, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who’s taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted by an adoring family and named Edward Aaron King, grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and an international celebrity—the “King of Search”—who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape.
 
An instant classic—David Guterson’s most daring and dazzling novel yet—that brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time.


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User Review  - ozzieslim - LibraryThing

I am weary of the bleak portraits of Seattle that every author from the area paints. Having finished Guterson's "The Other" which I loved because of its depth, I had high hopes for "Ed King". Instead ... Read full review

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User Review  - sharlene_w - LibraryThing

A cleverly crafted story that take you through the highs and lows of a family overcome with greed, vanity and self absorption. It is a book you hate to put down because you know the plot will twist ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
3
Section 3
5
Section 4
41
Section 5
57
Section 6
86
Section 7
104
Section 8
122
Section 9
167
Section 10
199
Section 11
223
Section 12
240
Section 13
303
Section 14
305
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David Guterson is the author of the novels East of the Mountains, The Other, Our Lady of the Forest, and Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as a story collection, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, and Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense. He lives in Washington State.


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