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by Jonathan Dee

eBook A Thousand Pardons: A Novel download ISBN: 0812983386
Author: Jonathan Dee
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 6, 2013)
Language: English
Pages: 240
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Rating: 4.6
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense

A Thousand Pardons is that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller.

Ships from and sold by newbooksonly. A Thousand Pardons is that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller. Eerily suspenseful and packed with dramatic event, it also offers a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective longing for authenticity in these overmediated times. Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad Hugely enjoyable. Dee is a snappy, cinematic writer. A Thousand Pardons moves fast.

Praise for A Thousand Pardons A Thousand Pardons is that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller. Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad. It’s a mere 200 or so pages, and it packs a lot of turns of fate within there.

But in A Thousand Pardons, absolution is almost automatic, and therefore unsatisfying. People are quick to judge," Helen declares at one point, and "they are quick to condemn, but that's mostly because their ultimate desire is to forgive. I'm not sure this is true: there is more to narratives of rise and fall than the novel wants to explore, including penalties for hubris. Dee keeps all three of his protagonists sympathetic, which makes this an engaging read, and he writes with a cool precision and light touch.

A Thousand Pardons book. For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. In this sharply observed tale of self-invention and public scandal, Dee raises a trenchant question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point. Ben, a partner in a For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction.

A Thousand Pardons: A Novel. In that spirit I'm going to forgive Jonathan Dee for making me like a book I had no business liking. The characters are big jerks. The ending is somewhat vague. Written by Jonathan Dee. Narrated by Mark Deakins. For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee's novels are masterful works of literary fiction.

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hing was obvious to Helen about any of this. She just kept trailing behind Yvette, who was the office manager and who looked like a catalogue model, nodding and making noises of assent and wishing that the needlessly comprehensive tour of Malloy Worldwide’s facilities would terminate at Helen’s own desk, which she was eager to get behind and gather herself a little. by Jonathan Dee. Details. Author Jonathan Dee Publisher Random House Publication Date 2013-03-12 Section New Hardcover - Fiction. Type New Format Hardcover ISBN 9780812993219.

Jonathan Dee is the author of six novels, including A Thousand Pardons, Palladio, and The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWSFor readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. In this sharply observed tale of self-invention and public scandal, Dee raises a trenchant question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness?   Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point. Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home—a change that weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels, swiftly and spectacularly.   Thrust back into the working world, Helen finds a job in public relations and relocates with Sara from their home in upstate New York to an apartment in Manhattan. There, Helen discovers she has a rare gift, indispensable in the world of image control: She can convince arrogant men to admit their mistakes, spinning crises into second chances. Yet redemption is more easily granted in her professional life than in her personal one.   As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.Praise for A Thousand Pardons   “A Thousand Pardons is that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller. Eerily suspenseful and packed with dramatic event, it also offers a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective longing for authenticity in these overmediated times.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad“Hugely enjoyable . . . Dee is a snappy, cinematic writer. . . . A Thousand Pardons moves fast. It’s a mere 200 or so pages, and it packs a lot of turns of fate within there.”The Boston Globe   “Dee’s gifts are often dazzling and his material meticulously shaped. . . . [He] articulates complex emotional dynamics with precision and insight.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Some stories begin with a bang. And some begin with a roaring fireball of truth. Jonathan Dee’s latest novel belongs in the latter camp.”—O: The Oprah Magazine   “Dee bounds gracefully among Helen’s, Ben’s, and Sara’s points of view as they try to reassemble their lives. Their stories feel honest, and the prose is beautiful.”—Entertainment Weekly   “A page turner . . . What a triumph.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “Graceful prose and such a sharp understanding of human weakness that you’ll wince as you laugh.”—People   “Propulsively readable.”—The Millions   “Dee continues to establish himself as an ironic observer of contemporary behavior. . . . The plot is energetic. . . . But most compelling is the acuteness of the details.”—The Atlantic
Comments: (7)
Ghordana
A Thousand Pardons: A NovelThe disintegration of a family and the start of each of their new lives after that disintegration. The novel opens with a family that is not happy but is at least living a family life.

It's one of two parents who've grown apart and an adopted child who until the marriage itself dissolves, never questions her own Chinese heritage. My problems with the novel is how unlikeable so many of the main characters are. The three members of the family? The wife who decided to stop working once she was married? The husband who looks at what life is and blinks? The daughter who gives so much sass to her mother that I'm surprised that at no point physical violence or abandonment was not a serious consideration? The movie star who weeps that he has it all and its just too much?

There is the theme of forgiveness, of owning up to your mistakes, is an interesting one to explore, but in reality, companies can only do this so often. If a company does X and asks for forgiveness and strives mightily to avoid doing any such thing in the future, society as a whole can advance. On the other hand, you can only apologize for dumping toxic sludge into the sewers so often before your image is tarnished beyond all redemption.

A Thousand Pardons ends on an open note so it's possible that these characters will emerge stronger than before as they've grown and changed but it's also possible they will continue to be strangers to one another and the greater world around them.
generation of new
I'm not sure what I expected, but this book was something different than that! It is a good story, well told, with strong and believable characters.

The basic theme is confession. You do wrong...you confess. Don't give excuses, just own up to what you did.

Ben is a lawyer and has grown bored with his life and his wife Helen. He becomes enamored with an intern in his law firm and is so fixated that the other partners notice and warn him. It is not enough. Before long - though he is not technically unfaithful to his wife (TECHNICALLY), he is disgraced and while drinking drunk, crashes his car. A passing cyclist stops to help, calls the police and takes a photo of the crash with his cell phone.

Ben cannot deny what has happened and his career, marriage and family crash around him. He does not deny anything.

Facing a divorce, Helen looks for a job and is hired by a PR firm where she makes a name for herself with their small time clients by advising them to simply confess.

Before long, the company ends up being absorbed by a larger PR firm and Helen's expertise is put to the test.

There is a back story of a famous actor whom Helen knew in grammar school, but I don't think that is really strong or essential to the story.

This novel will make you think...about things you have done and things you left undone. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
Kieel
Ben stumbles across this realization first, and in his struggle to find another direction, upends his whole family. His wife Helen and his daughter Sarah are blasted free of their lives. And somewhere over the horizon, super star Hamilton is struggling with ties of his own.

I found this book to be entertaining. The plot is a bit stale, although the addition of Hamilton mixes it up a bit. I didn't really like the characters much. Of them all, my favorite would have to be Sarah who takes her new life as an opportunity to shake free of the conceptions around her and to experiment with her own perceptions. I really liked many of her decisions, and it is her story that earns the fourth star for me. I also found nuggets of insight throughout the book and did stop to think several times on the subject of zero sum days. The prose flows well, and for a winter day, serves well.
Faehn
I knew I would finish this book from the first paragraph in. The writing was rich with detail and played like a movie in my head as I read along. There was something likable about each main character except for Hilton Barth. I wasn't pleased with the ending though it left The main character on the precipice of maybe gaining and losing it all at the same time with no closure.
Melipra
The story was interesting. So interesting that I kept looking at the percentage read on my kindle and kept thinking there's so much to more with so little left. Low and behold, it just ends...so disappointed.