A sweeping, propulsive, darkly humorous new novel by the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: a story of destiny, desire, and destruction that reimagines Sophocles's oedipus Rex for our own era. In Seattle in 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary-"a guy who weighs risk for a living"-takes a risk of his own, and makes the biggest error of his life. He sleeps with Diane Burroughs, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who's taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted by an adoring family and named Edward Aaron King, grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and an international celebrity-the "King of Search"-who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape. An instant classic-David Guterson's most daring and dazzling novel yet-that brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time. From the Hardcover edition.
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"From foundling to king of search engine algorithms, Ed King is portrayed by Arthur Morey in a fairly straightforward manner--even when sex and humor (cosmic or mundane) take center stage. Ed, the accidental offspring of a scheming au pair and philandering father, is adopted by a nice Jewish couple. Only his minor relations--Jewish and working-class Brits--draw intriguing accents from Morey. King's childhood, rise to power, road-rage encounter with his natural father, and inevitable marriage to his biological mother are events Morey cruises through, consistently absorbing listeners in Guterson's engrossing vision of Greek drama in contemporary America. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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