John's Wife by Robert Coover

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The bestselling author of "The Public Burning" spins a darkly magical tale about life in an ordinary small town and the woman who casts a spell on its inhabitants.

About Robert Coover

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Coover teaches at Brown University. He also lives in Providence, RI.
Published April 1, 1997 by San Val. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It's fun watching Coover pull all this random (and randy) material together, his energy never flagging, as the novel surges toward its extended climax during the town's annual Pioneers Day barbecue--then toward a stunning dÇnouement that expertly plaits together a dozen or more loose ends and off...

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In a starred review PW called this novel of a small-town mall-builder and his disappearing wife ""biting and suggestive, a spicy blend of erudition and scatology, epic and farce."" (Apr.)

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Still, Coover's skills are formidable, and this story of the power of flux to disrupt memory, community and desire--except for John, who drives flux as if it were his Porsche or his plane, and John's wife, who somehow transcends it--has to be one of the year's most ambitious novels, and one of it...

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