ABC by David Plante
A Novel

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An original and radiant novel about grief, obsession, and the need for meaning from the author of The Family, a finalist for the National Book Award.When his young son dies in a freak accident, Gerard struggles to find a reason in the smallest of details, including the scrap of paper containing the Sanskrit alphabet that is found at the site. Latching on to this final “clue,” he delves into the origins of Indo-European alphabets, his fascination taking him to England, Greece, and finally, to an ancient site in the Syrian desert where the alphabet was born some 4000 years ago. Along the way he meets other grieving parents, who accompany him on a journey that extends beyond historical knowledge and right into the heart of love and loss.

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About David Plante

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David Plante is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Francoeur trilogy--"The Family" (a finalist for the National Book Award), "The Woods," and "The Country"--and the nonfiction "Difficult Women: A Memoir of Three" and "American Ghosts," His work has appeared in "The New Yorker" and "The Paris Review," Plante teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York and London. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 2, 2008 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Determined to move beyond the meaninglessness of his son’s death, Gerard leaves Peggy and, while dreamily seeking linguistic “interconnections,” meets an Asian-American woman still mourning her daughter’s suicide, and impulsively travels with her to London and a meeting with a learned philologist...

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A child’s accidental death leads to a father’s unusual obsession — and the destruction of his marriage.

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Tim Rutten Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "David Plante’s beautiful, otherworldly new novel is that improbable creation, a metaphysical page-turner reminiscent of other books around which literary cults have arisen: A.S.

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