Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

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by Michael Dibdin
     
 

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"Anthony is a British journalist whose American wife, Lucy, has suddenly died. Grieving and haunted, he becomes obsessed with her youth and the years before he met her. To find out more, he travels to a remote part of the Nevada desert to meet Lucy's first husband. Their bizarre encounter, with its violent climax, marks the beginning of a journey that takes him across…  See more details below

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"Anthony is a British journalist whose American wife, Lucy, has suddenly died. Grieving and haunted, he becomes obsessed with her youth and the years before he met her. To find out more, he travels to a remote part of the Nevada desert to meet Lucy's first husband. Their bizarre encounter, with its violent climax, marks the beginning of a journey that takes him across the world, to the edge of madness and into the darkest corners of the human heart. It is a journey in which he is hunted, haunted, never at peace, and never far from the woman he still loves."--BOOK JACKET.

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Michael Dibdin’s ingenuity and mastery of style and form have earned him numerous accolades, a devoted readership, and the undisguised envy of his peers. Although he is best known in the United States for his incomparable Aurelio Zen series, it would be an injustice to pigeonhole Dibdin solely as a mystery writer. In each of his novels, he has consistently transcended the mechanics of the mystery at hand to investigate the larger, less neatly solvable mysteries of the human heart and soul.

In Thanksgiving, Dibdin continues to internalize the process of investigation, cleverly subverting genre conventions to create an intensely personal meditation on loss, obsession, erotic desire, and power of the past.

Here, the narrator is an expatriate British journalist, Anthony "Tony" Baines. But it is Tony’s wife, Lucy, who is the novel’s iconic, central figure -- a feat of authorial legerdemain all the more remarkable given that Lucy is recently dead (a casualty of a commercial airline disaster) and appears in the book only through the persistence of memory, and the odd spectral cameo. Bereft of his one great love, denied the promise of their future together, Tony decides to lay claim to the last remaining vestiges of Lucy’s life -- her past.

The trouble is, Lucy’s past doesn’t rightly belong to him. The particulars of Lucy’s Life Before Tony are currently the exclusive property of her first husband, Darryl Bob Allen, a onetime sexual athlete and all-around professional failure whose true calling is audio/video voyeurism. On the pretext of settling Lucy’s estate, Tony heads out to a remote patch of Nevada desert to talk to Darryl Bob. And in the event that Darryl Bob should prove to be less than forthcoming, he brings a gun. Just in case.

Having marshaled the necessary elements -- grief, lust, jealousy, even a convenient "murder" weapon -- Dibdin promptly proceeds to confound expectations. Instead of the murder mystery for which we have been prepared, Thanksgiving reveals itself to be something more ambitious: the story of one man coming to terms with his own past, and his redemption through the undying power of love. (Greg Marrs)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375726071
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/13/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,321,505
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.50(d)

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Thanksgiving is a moving portrait of the profound effects of love when all that seems to remain is loss and grief. Unhinged by his wife’s unexpected death, Anthony, a middle-aged Seattle journalist, becomes obsessed with her past. He drives through the Nevada desert to locate her ex-husband looking for some unnamable solace. But, what awaits him is a bizarre and violent encounter with the past that entangles Anthony with his half-estranged stepchildren, the police, and his own disquieted mind and that only makes Lucy’s ghostly presence seem all the more real. The crisp dialogue, shadowy atmosphere, and sharp pacing of a master crime writer work to great effect in this arresting story that toys with the precipice of insanity and the extremes of passion and loss. This is a splendid shadow play on the enduring human mystery of love.

Meet the Author

Michael Dibdin was born in England and raised in Northern Ireland. He attended Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He spent five years in Perugia, Italy, where he taught English at the local university. He went on to live in Oxford, England and Seattle, Washington. He was the author of eighteen novels, eleven of them in the popular Aurelio Zen series, including Ratking, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger, and Cabal, which was awarded the French Grand Prix du Roman Policier. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He died in 2007.

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Thanksgiving 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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