Atticus

Atticus

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by Ron Hansen
     
 

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Colorado rancher Atticus Cody receives word that his wayward younger son, Scott, has committed suicide in Resurrection, Mexico. When Atticus travels south to recover Scott's body, he is puzzled by what he finds there and begins to suspect murder. Illuminating those often obscure chambers of the human heart, Atticus is the story of a father's steadfast and

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Colorado rancher Atticus Cody receives word that his wayward younger son, Scott, has committed suicide in Resurrection, Mexico. When Atticus travels south to recover Scott's body, he is puzzled by what he finds there and begins to suspect murder. Illuminating those often obscure chambers of the human heart, Atticus is the story of a father's steadfast and almost unfathomable love for his son, a mystery that Ron Hansen's fiction explores with a passion and intensity no reader will be able to resist.

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Thomas Gaughan
Atticus Cody, a well-to-do 67-year-old Colorado rancher, and his son, Scott, a talented but tormented painter, have long been mysteries to each other. Atticus' grip on reality and duty is as strong and constant as Scott's is intermittent. When Atticus is summoned to the Caribbean coast of Mexico after Scott's suicide, he studies his son's bohemian lifestyle amidst the expat gringo grifters, fugitives, and desperate seekers of cancer cures, hoping to "solve the algebra of his boy." Instead, what he finds is the certainty that his son has been murdered and the need to uncover the truth. Told from the points of view of both father and son, the novel succeeds as both a mystery and as a story of deep love and misunderstanding between a father and son. The characters of Atticus, Scott, and Renata, Scott's emotionally elusive lover, are vividly drawn, and the imaginary city of Resureccion is as real as the fierce Mexican sun. "Atticus" is a wonderful novel and, taken together with the earlier" Mariette in Ecstasy" (1991), clearly establishes Hansen as a major talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060182175
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Hansen is the bestselling author of the novel Atticus (a finalist for the National Book Award), Hitler's Niece, Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and Isn't It Romantic?, as well as a collection of short stories, a collection of essays, and a book for children. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ron Hansen lives in northern California, where he teaches at Santa Clara University.

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