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Bowlaway

Bowlaway
 

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley --

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ISBN 9780062862853
Barcode 9780062862853
Published 5 February 2019 by Ecco Press
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By McCracken, Elizabeth
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ISBN-13 9780062862853
ISBN-10 0062862855
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Ecco Press
Imprint Ecco Press
Publication Date 5 February 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McCracken, Elizabeth
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 38mm
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Family Life, FICTION / Historical
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 957385

Description of this Book

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century--nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person--Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford's most defining landmark--with Bertha its most notable resident. When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha's defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills. In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family's myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Elizabeth McCracken is one of my favorite writers. Or, to put it another way: I've read everything she's written . . . and there's nothing I haven't liked and admired enormously . . . Anything new by her is an excuse for wild, drunken celebration. --Nick Hornby, The Believer McCracken knows all kinds of subtle, enticing secrets of the heart and conveys them in silky, transparent language. --Don Waters, San Francisco Chronicle Elizabeth McCracken is a national treasure. --Paul Harding, Wall Street Journal

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Author's Bio

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books, Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry (stories), The Giant's House (a National Book Award finalist), Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize, long-listed for the National Book Award), three of which were New York Times Notable Books. She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.

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