Sabbatical: A Romance

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Subtitled "a romance," Sabbaticalis the story of Susan Rachel Allan Seckler, a sharp young associate professor of early American literature — part Jewish, part Gypsy, and possibly descended from Edgar Allan Poe — and her husband Fenwick Scott Key Turner, a 50-year-old ex-CIA officer currently between careers, a direct descendant of the author of "The Star Spangled Banner" and himself the author of a troublemaking book about his former employer. Seven years into their marriage, they decide to take a sabbatical, a ...

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Overview

Subtitled "a romance," Sabbaticalis the story of Susan Rachel Allan Seckler, a sharp young associate professor of early American literature — part Jewish, part Gypsy, and possibly descended from Edgar Allan Poe — and her husband Fenwick Scott Key Turner, a 50-year-old ex-CIA officer currently between careers, a direct descendant of the author of "The Star Spangled Banner" and himself the author of a troublemaking book about his former employer. Seven years into their marriage, they decide to take a sabbatical, a sailboat journey on which they sum up their years together and try to make important decisions about the years ahead.

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"Barth has proved again and again that he can equal the traditionalists at their own game, and thus he has won the right to be different." — Saturday Review

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"Barth, almost alone among his fellows, will have none of the bloodless abstractions. Among his many styles, what is most distinctive is his toughness, the quick march of his verbs, his reliance on muscular Anglo-Saxon locutions, his puns." — Washington Post

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"The best writer of fiction in America." — New York Times

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Library Journal
"Movingly original," said LJ's reviewer of this tale of teacher Susan and her ex-CIA operative-turned-expos-writer husband Fenwick Turner, who try to make life decisions while on a sabbatical voyage on the Chesapeake Bay (LJ 5/15/82).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564780966
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

John Simmons Barth (born May 27, 1930) is an American novelist and short-story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictive quality of his work.

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