By David Gilbert
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“[A] substantial, superb novel.”—The long island instances e-book Review
Who is A. N. Dyer? & Sons is a literary masterwork for readers of The paintings of Fielding, The Emperor’s teenagers, and Wonder Boys—the panoramic, deeply affecting tale of an iconic novelist, interconnected households, and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide.
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The funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan’s higher East part may were a minor affair (his two-hundred-word obit in The long island occasions notwithstanding) yet for the presence of 1 specific mourner: the notoriously reclusive writer A. N. Dyer, whose novel Ampersand stands as a vintage of yank teenage angst. yet as Andrew Newbold Dyer provides the eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown over the lifestyles he’s led and the folks he’s harm and the radical that might perpetually suffer as his legacy. He needs to assemble his 3 sons for the 1st time in lots of years—before it’s too late.
So starts a wild, transformative, heartbreaking week, as witnessed via Philip Topping, who, like his past due father, reveals himself stuck up within the swirl of the Dyer family members. First there’s son Richard, a suffering screenwriter and father, getting back from self-imposed exile in California. within the heart lingers Jamie, settled in Brooklyn after his twenty-year undertaking of creating documentaries approximately human ache. And final is Andy, the part brother whose mysterious start tore the Dyers aside seventeen years in the past, now in big apple on spring holiday, made up our minds to lose his virginity prior to returning to the distinguished New England boarding institution that encouraged Ampersand. yet in simple terms whilst the true objective of this reunion involves gentle do those sons notice simply how a lot is at stake, not just for his or her father yet for themselves and 3 generations in their family.
during this bold feat of fiction, David Gilbert establishes himself as one in all our most unique, pleasing, and insightful authors. & Sons is that rarest of treasures: a startlingly innovative novel approximately households and the way they outline us, and the alternatives we make while confronted with our personal mortality.
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