Ed King

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A&C Black, Oct 3, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In 1962, actuary Walter Cousins makes the biggest mistake of his life. When mild-mannered Walter - 'a man who weighs risk for a living' - sleeps with the sharp-tongued, not-quite-legal British au pair, Diane Burroughs, he can have no sense of the magnitude of his error.

For this brief affair sets in motion a tragedy of epic proportions, upending Sophocles's immortal tale of fate, free will, and forbidden desire. At the centre is Ed King, an infant given up for adoption who becomes one of the world's richest and most powerful men. But beneath the sizzling story of Ed's seemingly inexorable rise to fame and fortune is a dark and unsettling destiny, one that approaches with ever-increasing suspense as the book reaches its shattering and surprising conclusion.

An assured, propulsively written epic novel of unstoppable force, Ed King is a classic of contemporary American life: a daringly told story of a man and a myth, of blindness and narcissism, and of the precarious foundations on which carefully constructed lives are built - and timeless stories are created. From the bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars, a dazzling, darkly funny, extraordinary modern take on an ancient tragedy, quite unlike anything we've seen before.
 

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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
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
5
Section 4
41
Section 5
50
Section 6
53
Section 7
57
Section 8
59
Section 13
167
Section 14
182
Section 15
189
Section 16
199
Section 17
223
Section 18
240
Section 19
244
Section 20
261

Section 9
71
Section 10
86
Section 11
104
Section 12
122
Section 21
303
Section 22
307
Section 23
309
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About the author (2011)

David Guterson is the author of the novels Snow Falling on Cedars, East of the Mountains, Our Lady of the Forest and The Other; a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead Of Us, The Country Behind; and the non-fiction book Family Matters. Snow Falling on Cedars won the PEN/Faulkner Award. David Guterson lives in Washington State.

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