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Aurora Seven
     

Aurora Seven

by Thomas Mallon
 
Thomas Mallon's acclaimed novel vividly tells the story of a day in May-May 24, 1962. While Scott Carpenter orbits the earth in his Aurora 7 capsule, the lives of a host of characters seem interwoven on the ground below: everyone from a convicted child killer to a famous novelist, a New York cabdriver, a sexually conflicted priest, and a British housewife about to

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Thomas Mallon's acclaimed novel vividly tells the story of a day in May-May 24, 1962. While Scott Carpenter orbits the earth in his Aurora 7 capsule, the lives of a host of characters seem interwoven on the ground below: everyone from a convicted child killer to a famous novelist, a New York cabdriver, a sexually conflicted priest, and a British housewife about to give birth to a thalidomide-stricken baby.
Aurora 7 is above all the story of Gregory Noonan, a spooky suburban fifth-grader obsessed with the space program. The fate of Gregory and his family will prove mysteriously linked to the astronaut's when the boy flees school to watch the perilous climax of Carpenter's mission on the giant TV monitors in Grand Central Terminal. As John Updike observed, Mallon's novel-featuring cameos by Walter Cronkite, John F. Kennedy, and Lee Harvey Oswald-"hones a multitude of details to a gleaming, smoothly oiled fit . . . and catches dozens of characters in its shimmering web." 5-5/16 X 8.

Author Biography: Thomas Mallon is the author of five novels and five works of nonfiction. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and GQ. He received the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing in 1998. The recipient of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
Done with precision, lightness, and, overwhelmingly, a sense of irony.
USA Today
If history is Mallon's backdrop, center stage belongs to the characters he has imagined so beautifully. . . .
Washington Post Book World
Vast with insight, charming and provocative-a brave mission of a book to put back the stars in any reader's eyes.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fifth-grader Gregory Noonan, obsessed with outer space, focuses on astronaut Scott Carpenter's 1962 triple orbit of the Earth in this audacious, exhilarating novel. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899199382
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/01/1991
Pages:
224

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