The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter

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In his triumphant fictional debut, Stephen Carter combines a large-scale, riveting novel of suspense with the saga of a unique family. The Emperor of Ocean Park is set in two privileged worlds: the upper crust African American society of the Eastern seabord—families who summer at Martha’s Vineyard—and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school.

Talcott Garland is a successful law professor, devoted father, and husband of a beautiful and ambitious woman, whose future desires may threaten the family he holds so dear. When Talcott’s father, Judge Oliver Garland, a disgraced former Supreme Court nominee, is found dead under suspicioius circumstances, Talcott wonders if he may have been murdered. Guided by the elements of a mysterious puzzle that his father left, Talcott must risk his marriage, his career and even his life in his quest for justice. Superbly written and filled with memorable characters, The Emperor of Ocean Park is both a stunning literary achievement and a grand literary entertainment.


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About Stephen L. Carter

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Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of eight books of nonfiction, writes a column for Bloomberg View, and is a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast and Newsweek. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln is his fifth novel.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.. 672 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Almost everybody is other than what he or she seems, including Talcott’s feckless older brother Addison, NBA pro–turned law student Lionel Eldridge, liberal Justice Wallace Wainwright, an ebullient mystery woman named Maxine, and urbane black careerist Lemaster Carlyle.

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The Emperor of Ocean Park Stephen L Carter Jonathan Cape £18, pp657 After Jonathan Franzen's T he Corrections and Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated, The Emperor of Ocean Park is the third recent American novel to arrive here with the hyperbole that comes with a massive advance an...

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The Emperor of Ocean Park Stephen L Carter 660pp, Jonathan Cape, £18 To stumble upon one of the great, sprawling masterpieces of early 20th-century American naturalist fiction - set against which Stephen L Carter's accomplished debut can stand some faint comparison - is to be struck, above all...

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Audio reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version.FictionTHE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK: A NovelStephen L.

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Carter, the author of THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK, has written other books, brilliant works of nonfiction with titles such as INTEGRITY and CIVILITY: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy, books that test and pull and challenge flabby and unused brain cells, books that cajole and convince...

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Stephen L. Carter plays chess fervently, so it's natural that law professor Talcott Garland, the protagonist of Carter's debut novel The...

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Entertainment Weekly

In a single entertaining paragraph, Carter can jump from a devastating portrayal of Garland's neocon father, who pandered to ''Rightpacs'' by telling them that ''the future of conservatism is black America!'' to a brutal takedown of that idea, to a brutal takedown of people who would commit that ...

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London Review of Books

The consequence is a self-consciously good character who never really says what he means: ‘to my desire for a large family, she answers correctly that she, not I, must carry the baby – except that Kimmer always says fetus, and is at pains to make everybody else say it too’ (Kimmer is pro-choice –...

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