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A Disorder Peculiar to the Country: A Novel

A Disorder Peculiar to the Country: A Novel
Author: Ken Kalfus
ISBN 13: 9780060501419
ISBN 10: 60501413
Edition: 1st Thus.
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2006-12-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $13.99

Joyce and Marshall each think the other is killed on September 11—and must swallow their disappointment when the other arrives home. As their bitter divorce is further complicated by anthrax scares, suicide bombs, and foreign wars, they suffer, in ways unexpectedly personal and increasingly ludicrous, the many strange ravages of our time. In this astonishing black comedy, Kalfus suggests how our nation’s public calamities have encroached upon our most private illusions.

The New York Times - Sylvia Brownrigg

Kalfus's daring, intelligent exploration of animosity in its various forms (spousal and familial, political and religious) is a novelistic evocation of global despair: "This was a world of heedless materialism, impiety, baseness and divorce. Sense was not made, this was jihad. Yet in its final pages, the novel pulls a twist, moving into a surreal account of American success in Iraq and the dawning of democracy in the Middle East. The dream of a happy marriage may, Kalfus seems to suggest, be equally far-fetched as the political fantasy of a world made better by war.