The Convalescent

The Convalescent

by Jessica Anthony
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The Convalescent by Jessica Anthony

The Convalescent is the story of a small, bearded man selling meat out of a bus parked next to a stream in suburban Virginia . . . and also, somehow, the story of ten thousand years of Hungarian history. Jessica Anthony, the inaugural winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, makes an unforgettable debut with an unforgettable hero: Rovar Ákos Pfliegman—unlikely bandit, unloved lover, and historian of the unimportant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802197009
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jessica Anthony was born in Upstate New York, in a small agricultural community sandwiched between a Native American reservation and a cutlery factory. This has shaped her worldview. Since, she has traveled to over twenty countries, lived twice in Eastern Europe, and worked as a meat-cutter, an obituary writer, a singing telegram gal, and a college professor. Her fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's, Mid-American Review, New American Writing and elsewhere. She is the winner of the "Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award," the Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest to St. Petersburg, Russia, and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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The Convalescent 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
chicken1999 More than 1 year ago
If you love rich detailed stories with quirky characters both repulsive and endearing, read this book. A good read for John Irving fans and the like.
Marchantia_polymorpha More than 1 year ago
Remarkable - best summer read yet.
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Merrell_M More than 1 year ago
About two months prior, I had picked up a copy of the Sons, and finally got around to reading the Metamorphosis. After coming into a little cash recently, I decided to add some more fiction to my personal library. I quickly found nine books that I had been meaning to read. Hoping to make it an even ten, I went to the new books section. I have chosen a book by its cover on several occasions. Initially, this was one. The art is truly wonderful on the cover. Reading into it a little more, It seemed to tell a story in and of itself, a wretched little man, his body split open, into something disturbing and wonderful. I lived relatively near the river described in the book (dont ask me to spell it) and one time, and I did grow up in virginia. It was no real stretch of the imagination for me to conjure up the Bus where Rovar Pfliegman lived and sold his meat. In fact, overall, the jumps in imagination the book requires are few and easy. The read was enjoyable, and the storytelling good. I reccomend it, as a good read, particularly when feeling down about a situation. Overall, it is very uplifting.
MichaelEhringhaus More than 1 year ago
The Convalescent is an astonishing novel about small things, the events and people who, unnoticed, molt into the universe, right before our eyes. Jessica Anthony has given us a gift, a verdant, acutely smart, wickedly humorous novel, axenic and wise well beyond its pages. Rovar Pfliegman, the hero, loves without being loved, steals without repentance, and is, on first meeting, disgusting to all senses. However, his presence throughout the novel becomes etched into an enduring, joyful melancholy and onto the psyche we indite to protect the damaged little spiritus inhabiting each of our lives. It would be difficult for me to typecast The Convalescent. While it is not a novel for everyone, it is a novel about everyone. It draws its strength from the weakest among us, from the humid, at times fetid, Rovar and his small world flush with a dominion that become ours. In the end, there is an ecdysis, the shedding of ego, the internal diathesis, as Rovar's world, our world, emerges, sonorous and pure. Which is fine.