Echo House by Ward Just

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Here is Just's masterpiece - an epic chronicle of three generations of Washington power brokers and the womenfolk who loved them (except when they didn't). The Washington Post described this book as "a fascinating if ultimately painful fairy tale, complete with a family curse. The decline of the Behls represents the decline of Washington from the bright dawn of the American century into the gathering shadows of an alien new millennium."
 

About Ward Just

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Ward Just is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the National book Award finalist Echo House and An Unfinished Season, winner of the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award. In a career that began as a war correspondent for Newsweek and the Washington Post, Just has lived and written in half a dozen countries, including Britain, France, and Vietnam. His characters often lead public lives as politicians, civil servants, soldiers, artists, and writers. It is the tension between public duty and private conscience that animates much of his fiction, including Forgetfulness. Just and his wife, Sarah Catchpole, divide their time between Martha's Vineyard and Paris.
 
Published December 15, 1997 by Mariner Books. 340 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His son Axel, made craftier by observing his father's misfortune, carries for most of his life the burdens of grievous injury and romantic fixation experienced in wartime, and ``[operating] quietly as a fixer without portfolio'' so successfully that he's later credited with having ``won the Cold ...

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Three generations of a family whose business is government are the protagonists of this quietly stunning novel set mainly in Washington, D.C., which comes as fully alive as the characters who move thr

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Three generations of a family whose business is government are the protagonists of this quietly stunning novel set mainly in Washington, D.C., which comes as fully alive as the characters who move through it.

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