Ed King

Ed King

by David Guterson
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Ed King 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1962 Seattle, thirtyish actuary Walter Cousins' wife Lydia suffers a nervous breakdown. He hires teenage English exchange student Diane Burroughs as an au pair to take care of his two kids, four years old Barry and three years old Tina. A week into her employment, he is sleeping with her. Diane becomes pregnant but vanishes with her newborn. For years afterward, Walter sends child support payments to Diane for a child he has not seen. He remains ignorant to the fact that Diane abandoned her infant. Alice and Dan King adopt Ed; he is raised in a nurturing reformed Jewish family. As a teen Ed gets into a fatal highway incident, but walks away shaken only and has an affair with a high school teacher. He becomes a brilliant mathematician working on the field of search. Diane and Ed meet at the same exhibit she attended years earlier with Walter and his kids. They are attracted to one another even as his firm Pythia becomes mega. However, his genome mapping leads him to much of the truth about who he is not. This is a brilliant satirical modernization of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex in which the Gods are computers and fate is avarice fueled by happenchance that brings womanizing Walter, Diane the con artist, and Ed the older woman lover with a Freudian Oedipus Complex together. The three protagonists are not likable individuals yet their human foibles make for a fascinating, often amusing lampooning of contemporary relationships. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good job! Keep it up!
cas2 More than 1 year ago
A child given up at birth. Characters so richly drawn that the reader feels he knows them all personally. Intrigue that keeps you reading to see what will happen next. And payback? Enough of that to leave you reviewing your own life and hoping you were a good boy or girl.
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happyreaderWA More than 1 year ago
this is what good fiction should be. It kept me interested and surprised. What an imagination. Loved it.
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Suspensaful and well written, characters were not very likeable, but were always interesting- modern spin on Oedipal tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Library ebook- plot is better than many other best sellers because of the character build. Entertaining as a light read.
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