Dolce Agonia by Nancy Huston
A Novel

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A sometimes painful yet openly comic work, Dolce Agonia is a moral and social reflection on our times compressed into a few hours on a snowy Thanksgiving night in a small college town. Sean Farrell, a poet with a gift for instilling discomfort, is hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a dozen people, not all of whom know one another. But as the evening unfolds, the reader comes to know each of the guests intimately -- their thoughts, aspirations, sufferings -- and even to catch a glimpse of their individual futures. Nancy Huston excels at moving seamlessly between comedy and tragedy. Even the death of a beloved character is rendered through such absurd twists that laughter ultimately overwhelms sadness.

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A native of Calgary and of New Hampshire, Nancy Huston now lives in Paris; she writes in both French and English. The author of nine novels and numerous works of nonfiction, she has won the Prix Goncourt des Lyceen, the Prix du Livre-Inter, the Prix Elle, and the Governor General's Award for Fiction in French.
Published January 1, 2001 by McArthur and Company. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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a novelist of a literary stature equal to Sean’s, with his new wife and baby boy.

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