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American Decameron
     

American Decameron

by Mark Dunn
 

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From the award-winning and highly acclaimed author of Ella Minnow Pea comes Mark Dunn's most ambitious novel to date. American Decameron tells one hundred stories, each taking place in a different year of the 20th century.

A girl in Galveston is born on the eve of a great storm and the dawn of the 20th century. Survivors of the Lusitania are

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From the award-winning and highly acclaimed author of Ella Minnow Pea comes Mark Dunn's most ambitious novel to date. American Decameron tells one hundred stories, each taking place in a different year of the 20th century.

A girl in Galveston is born on the eve of a great storm and the dawn of the 20th century. Survivors of the Lusitania are accidentally reunited in the North Atlantic. A member of the Bonus Army find himself face to face with General MacArthur. A failed writer attempts to end his life on the Golden Gate Bridge until an unexpected heroine comes to his rescue, and on the doorstep of a new millennium, as the clock strikes twelve, the stage is set for a stunning denouement as the American century converges upon itself in a Greenwich nursing home, tying together all of the previous tales and the last one hundred years.

Zany and affecting, deeply moving and wildly hilarious, American Decameron is one America's most powerful voices at the top its game.

Editorial Reviews

Alice Leaderman - washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com
Dunn uses regular story form with set-up, action and denouement as well as the vignette: a slice of life without a neat conclusion, but no less interesting...Dunn’s endings are happy, sad, odd, surprising and very often amusing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849821636
Publisher:
MP Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Pages:
746
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.40(h) x 2.30(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Dunn is the author of five previous novels and more than 30 full-length plays. Currently the playwright-in-residence with the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, PA, he lives in Albuquerque, NM.

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