My Secret History by Paul Theroux

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"Theroux's best novel in years."


MY SECRET HISTORY is Paul Theroux's tour de force. It is the story of Andre Parent, a writer, a world traveler, a lover of every kind of woman he chances to meet in a life as varied as a man can lead. From his days as an altar boy, to his job as a teenaged lifeguard, and then as a youth caught between the attentions of a beautiful young student and an amorous older woman. And as the boy becomes a man he turns his attention to writing, which brings him fame, and a wife, who may finally bring him to know himself. But not before he sets up his most dangerous secret life, one that any man might envy, but that could cost Andre Parent the delicate balance that makes him who he is....

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About Paul Theroux

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PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
Published April 20, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 513 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Like in the 19th-century pornographic classic My Secret Life, the overt emphasis in Theroux's new, admittedly semiautobiographical, novel is on sex.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of My Secret History

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This ``witty and wise portrait of a writer as he travels the globe searching for self-understanding'' introduces Andrew Parent, a narcissist with secrets and hidden emotions. ``In his exploration of t

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