A Novel
Product Number: EB00743450
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781628723649
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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The author of Europa-shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize-delivers "a dense, intriguing novel, prickly and strange" (Financial Times). Why would a man who has it all suddenly turn his back on the world at the height of his power? A celebrated journalist, broadcaster, and documentary filmmaker, Harold Cleaver has just trounced the president in a damning television interview. But balancing Cleaver's success is the unbearable scrutiny of his elder son's equally damning roman A clef, Under His Shadow. Overweight and overwrought, Cleaver abruptly abandons his home, his wife, his mistresses, and, above all, television, the glowing box that brought him identity and power. He retreats high into the mountains to evade the numbing hold of e-mail, cell phones, and the endless chatter of public discourse. Weeks later-snowed in at five thousand feet, harangued by voices from the past, and humiliated by his inability to understand the locals on whom he relies for food and whiskey-Cleaver discovers that nowhere is so noisy and dangerous as the solitary mind. "It's impossible not to admire Parks's virtuosity." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "Parks gives readers a robust protagonist riddled with doubt, and the path he sends him down is both treacherous and cathartic." -Publishers Weekly "In a character portrait fairly shimmering with intelligence, Parks moves with facility from slapstick scenes depicting Cleaver's towering ego to surprisingly tender moments as the great man acknowledges that he is deeply flawed and forgives himself for it." -Booklist "Never has the need to empty one's mind been as convincingly, or as brilliantly, illustrated as in Tim Parks's full-blooded Cleaver." -Irish Times

Author(s): Tim Parks
Original Publish Date: Oct 21, 2011

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