P by Andrew Conn
A Novel

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P tells the story of Benjamin Seymour, a failed pornographer obsessed over his lost love, and Finn, a ten-year-old runaway girl genius. Separately and then together they wander the city, searching for home and family. Taking place mostly over the course of a single day, the novel telescopes out from Benji and Finn’s quest to embrace a wide variety of characters and themes; the external journey matched by inward journeys into consciousness and the very nature of language and storytelling itself. One chapter of the book is written in the form of newspaper headlines and articles; one chapter is composed of thirteen vignettes following major and minor characters as they move about the city; one chapter is written in question and answer form; one chapter is a punctuation-less stream of consciousness monologue; and one chapter, the center of the book and its climax, is written in the form of a full-length screenplay.

About Andrew Conn

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Andrew Conn's review of the Todd Solondz film Happiness was singled out by Salon as the "the best piece of film writing of the year." Conn lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Published May 1, 2003 by Soft Skull Press. 360 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fantasy Literature

Given its length, The Confusion could be seen as an indulgent novel, but I found that Stephenson did a better job of pacing than he had in Quicksilver.

Aug 21 2012 | Read Full Review of P: A Novel

Fantasy Literature

Later, he recalls a story that his sister tells him, about a man creeping into their home at night and stealing a baby from her little brother’s crib — and leaving Mackie in his place.

Jan 01 2013 | Read Full Review of P: A Novel

Fantasy Literature

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, is a thoughtful, delightful tale, a quiet little story of awakening and forgiveness that would not only be a great on-its-own book for middle-grade and YA, but would also make a wonderful read-aloud thanks to the folktales at its core.

Jan 14 2013 | Read Full Review of P: A Novel

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