The Body of Jonah Boyd by David Leavitt
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Denny is a secretary who has just begun an affair with her boss, while also maintaining a friendship with his wife. Invited to the family's house for Thanksgiving dinner, she enters into a chain of events that will change everyone's lives in ways that none can imagine. Hilarious, scorching, and full of surprises, The Body of Jonah Boyd is a tribute to the power of home, the lure of success, and, above all, the sisterhood of secretaries. "The book, with its acerbic tone and tight plot, is an unlikely vehicle for a paean to domesticity, yet it's this odd fit that makes The Body of Jonah Boyd such a pleasure."-New York Times Book Review

About David Leavitt

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David Leavitt is the author of several novels (most recently, The Body of Jonah Boyd) and story collections. He teaches creative writing at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he lives.
Published December 2, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 228 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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And 15-year-old Ben Wright, a fledgling poet burdened with multiple insecurities, attracts the possibly improper attention of Nancy’s old friend Anne Armstrong, while playing disciple to Anne’s undisciplined husband Jonah Boyd, a novelist who has the irrational habit of continually losing noteboo...

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But his contrived plot, driven by the characters' obsessions with a talismanic manuscript and a talismanic house (the Wrights cannot bequeath their beloved home to their children because the university where Ernest teaches owns the land), fails to convincingly join together his two themes, the on...

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Plagiarism is at the center of Leavitt's new novel, which arrives a decade after British poet Stephen Spender accused him of lifting portions of Spender's autobiography, World Within World, for the novel While England Sleeps.

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Despite her professional success, Denny is profoundly lonely, a loneliness so palpable that she gradually becomes part of a dysfunctional relationship with her boss' wife and his family.This easy and fascinating read questions the notion of what a family is and what families can become, with Denn...

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