Sweet Land Stories

Sweet Land Stories

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Random House, Inc.
One of America’s premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World’s Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live.

Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois (“A House on the Plains”), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California (“Baby Wilson”), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas (“Walter John Harmon”), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence (“Jolene: A Life”). And in the stunning “Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden,” you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security.

Two of these stories have already won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best-story anthologies.
Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers.

Baker & Taylor
An assortment of short fiction ranges across America, from Alaska to the District of Columbia, as it explores the complexities of modern life in such stories as "Jolene: a Life," "A House on the Plains," "Baby Wilson," and "Walter John Harmon."

Blackwell North Amer
Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois ("A House on the Plains"), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California ("Baby Wilson"), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas ("Walter John Harmon"), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence ("Jolene: A Life"). And in "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden", you will witness the crisis of a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security.

Baker
& Taylor

A compelling assortment of short fiction by the award-winning author of Ragtime ranges across America, from Alaska to the District of Columbia, as its explores the complexities of modern life in such stories as "Jolene: A Life," "A House on the Plains," "Baby Wilson," and "Walter John Harmon." 65,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400062041
1400062047
Branch Call Number: F DOC
Characteristics: 147 p. ; 25 cm

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