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The Pesthouse

by Jim Crace

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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This is Jim Crace at his most accessible. With this carefully drawn novel, set in a post-apocalyptic America, Crace takes the reader through the most desperate of circumstances, seemingly humdrum from afar, which, in fact, are the essential elements of existence: shelter, food and companionship. As the tale unfolds, the predicament in which the main protagonists find themselves, initially scarcely credible (could this happen to America?), the author depicts the breakdown so skilfully as to draw resounding parallels with the present day.

The Pesthouse Synopsis

A devastated America exists in an imagined future. Its technologies are forgotten, its communities have splintered and its refugees, reversing the course of history, travel eastwards in search of safety and a new start. Among them are Franklin and Margaret, young, bereft, forced together by circumstance; but finding that love, courage and determination can endure even as a country breaks slowly apart.

The Pesthouse Press Reviews

‘Evoking the cracked terrain of a depleted America, Crace proves himself a fine stylist, sensitive to the cadence of every sentence’ Financial Times


‘Entirely compelling. The story is a gripping, harrowing adventure tale and Crace’s language is extraordinary . . . The Pesthouse resonates like an unresolved chord’ New Statesman


‘Gripping, exciting and oddly romantic’ Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9781447250340
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780330445627
Publication date: 16/03/2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447250340
Publication date: 4th January 2008
Author: Jim Crace
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Jim Crace

Novelist Jim Crace has won numerous prizes for his writing including the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the David Higham Prize for Fiction. He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999.

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