The Pesthouse

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 6, 2008 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States has become sparsely populated and chaotically unstable. Across the country, families have traveled toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe. As Franklin Lopez makes his way towards the ocean, he finds Margaret, a sick woman shunned to die in isolation. Tentatively, the two join forces, heading towards their future. With striking prose and a deep understanding of the American ethos, Jim Crace, one of our most consistently ambitious writers, creates in The Pesthouse a masterful tale of the human drive to endure.


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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

To be fair, this has the potential to get better. But I opted to stop reading. There are too many books. How many books have I started and failed to finish in the last 5 years? 3. It's not terrible to ... Read full review

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User Review  - gdill - LibraryThing

I read the first few chapters and simply couldn't understand the author's vernacular. Therefore, I had a hard time getting into the story and couldn't finish it. To be fair, I give this a 3-star ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
16
Section 3
25
Section 4
30
Section 5
41
Section 6
49
Section 7
61
Section 8
80
Section 10
107
Section 11
126
Section 12
149
Section 13
169
Section 14
187
Section 15
209
Section 16
235
Section 17
252

Section 9
93

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About the author (2008)

Jim Crace is the author of eight previous novels. Being Dead was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Crace has also received the Whitbread First Novel Award, the E.M. Foster Award, and the Guardian Award. He lives in Birmingham, England with his wife and two children.


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