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Algonquin Books, Oct 5, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
For nine-year-old Miller, who lives with his mother in Watertown, New York, life has become a struggle to make sense of his father s disappearance, for which he blames himself. Then, when he becomes convinced that he has found his father lying comatose in the local VA hospital, a victim of the war in Iraq, Miller begins a search for the one person he believes can save him, the famously reclusive and, unfortunately, dead Frederick Exley, a Watertown native and the author of his father s favorite book, the fictional memoir "A Fan s Notes." The story of Miller s search, told by both Miller himself and his somewhat flaky therapist, ultimately becomes an exploration of the difference between what we believe to be real and what is in fact real, and how challenging it can be to reconcile the two.
Part literary satire, part mystery, "Exley" unleashes the enormous talent of a writer whom critics have compared to Richard Ford and John Irving and whose work has been called absurdly hilarious ("Entertainment Weekly") and wildly entertaining ("Daily Candy").

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User Review  - johnluiz - LibraryThing

I understand why this book garnered some negative reviews. If you're looking for a straightforward tale, told by a reliable narrator, you won't find it here. But if you want a departure from ... Read full review

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User Review  - BlackSheepDances - LibraryThing

After you finish reading Exley, by Brock Clarke, you may need to take a few moments to catch your breath. You may not sleep well, and that’s certainly not because of anything horrific or scary in the ... Read full review

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Brock Clarke is the author of two previous novels and two short story collections. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at Bowdoin college.

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