For Kings and Planets: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 6, 2013 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Ethan Canin is one of America's finest writers.  He has been called "brilliant" by the Los Angeles Times, "a tremendous talent" by the Chicago Sun-Times, and "dazzling" by Walker Percy.  The bestselling author of The Palace Thief and Emperor of the Air now gives us this stunning new novel, For Kings and Planets.

"Years later, Orno Tarcher would think of his days in New York as a seduction.  A seduction and a near miss, a time when his memory of the world around him --the shining stone stairwells, the taxicabs, the sea of nighttime lights--was glinting and of heroic proportion.  Like a dream."  So begins this remarkable novel about the lives of two young men and the women they love.

Orno Tarcher arrives in New York City from a small town in Missouri, feeling unsophisticated and disadvantaged by his family's bedrock values.  He meets Marshall Emerson, the charismatic gem of a worldly family, a seductive and brilliant New Yorker who is revealed, as time passes, to be bent on destruction.  The novel explores with depth and sophistication the conflicts of character at the heart of every life, the desire for grandeur and the lure of normalcy, the tension between rivalry and friendship, fathers and sons, love and betrayal.  For Kings and Planets is the story of a man  who thinks of himself as moral, who tests his character against power, deception, and seduction.  It is also the story of a friendship fractured by love.

For Kings and Planets is a remarkable achievement, another fiction classic by the writer who has been called "a worthy successor to...Philip Roth, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Penn Warren."
 

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Orno Tarcher arrives at Columbia University in 1974, fresh from Cook's Grange, MO, and eager to make his mark on the world. He immediately encounters Marshall Emerson, brilliant, mercurial, and ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
28
Section 3
32
Section 4
40
Section 5
49
Section 6
66
Section 7
71
Section 8
80
Section 23
183
Section 24
187
Section 25
188
Section 26
193
Section 27
195
Section 28
197
Section 29
221
Section 30
223

Section 9
86
Section 10
90
Section 11
96
Section 12
102
Section 13
106
Section 14
113
Section 15
137
Section 16
142
Section 17
146
Section 18
151
Section 19
156
Section 20
165
Section 21
176
Section 22
182
Section 31
230
Section 32
235
Section 33
245
Section 34
254
Section 35
275
Section 36
288
Section 37
298
Section 38
299
Section 39
303
Section 40
308
Section 41
314
Section 42
315
Section 43
317
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About the author (2013)

Ethan Canin is the author of Emperor of the Air, Blue River, and The Palace Thief.  A physician, he is also on the faculty of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.  He divides his time between California and Iowa.

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