A Regular Guy by Mona Simpson
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Anywhere But Here and The Lost Father have established Mona Simpson as one of our most accomplished writers. In her new novel--the portrait of a legendary, quintessentially American entrepreneur trapped by the age he helped to define--she brilliantly extends her achievement. More powerfully than ever before, Simpson uncovers the nature of longing and belonging, of blood relations and the human heart.

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About Mona Simpson

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Simpson's work has been translated into fourteen languages. She is a recipient of the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim grant and the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. Since 1988 she has taught at Bard College, where she is now the Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor of Languages and Literature. In 1996 she received a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation and was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.
Published May 11, 2011 by Vintage. 386 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With a bestselling debut (Anywhere But Here, 1987) followed by a shaky sequel (The Lost Father, 1991), Simpson has a lot riding on her latest effort--which proves to be a challenging but less-than- riveting saga of a girl who finally meets her larger-than-life father but has difficulty getting hi...

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Jane has inherited from Owens ""a quality of beseechment so imperative that everywhere she and her mother lived, a small circle of people formed around them, each one believing it was her or his responsibility to help this one child on her way."" As Owens gradually grants Jane a larger role in hi...

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The "guy" referred to in Simpson's evanescent third novel is anything but your run-of-the-mill Joe, a point quickly made manifest: "He was a man too busy to flush toilets....

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London Review of Books

The people are just ordinarily strange – very much the kind described by Raymond Carver in the introductory essay he wrote for his 1986 selection of Best American Short Stories (which featured a story by Simpson): ‘Real people’ in the guise of fictional characters inhabit the stories ...

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