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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Mar 22, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Critically acclaimed on its hardcover publication, and praised for its playful inventiveness and delightful prose, Deb Olin Unferth’s debut novel, Vacation, features three characters—a man, his wife, and a stranger with ties to them both. With his wife suspiciously absent in the evenings, the man, Myers, follows his unnamed spouse on her evening escapades and soon realizes that she is following the stranger, Gray, a former classmate of Myers whose own marriage has fallen apart. What follows is an unusual, unsettling, and wildly entertaining novel unlike any you’ve read in a long time. With deadpan humor and skewed wordplay, Deb Olin Unferth weaves a mystery of hope and heartbreak.

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User Review  - MlleEhreen - LibraryThing

Quirky and elegantly written, VACATION is a typical McSweeney’s book. The story is a combination of the banal and the odd; a simple tale of an unraveling marriage that takes a sharp detour into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - devdev365 - LibraryThing

The novel offers that incredibly satisfying form of narrative arc in which characters' paths converge and diverge in unexpected ways, here across a thematically unified landscape of isolation, of ... Read full review

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DEB OLIN UNFERTH teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University. She has been published in Harper’s, NOON, 3rd Bed, McSweeney’s, Fence, and many other places and is also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Minor Robberies, a collection of stories, was published by McSweeney’s.

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