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Ancient History: A Paraphase, by Joseph McElroy

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Ancient History: A Paraphase, by Joseph McElroy

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Ancient History: A Paraphase, by Joseph McElroy


Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Paperback: 250 pages
ISBN: 978-1938604232
Trim: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8

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Paperback re-issue of McElroy's third novel with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem. An uninvited guest, entering the empty New York apartment of a man known to intimates as "Dom," proceeds to write for his absent host a curious confession. Its close accounts of friendship since boyhood with two men surely unknown to Dom and certainly to each other is interleaved with the story of Dom himself.


" absorbing as the squarest linear plot, a tension in the seeming randomness...scrap of incident to shard of memory...all spin together to generate an electric field that crackles with the vitality of contemporary American life. And the draws the reader in..." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times


"Conceived with high intelligence, lucidity, and wit...proof of the author's mysterious power and perfect control that the reader, finding himself in that unfamiliar place, in time comes to believe that it could not look more like home." --Stephen Donadio, The New York Times Book Review


"He has given us a new, classical form, one that is more attuned to our present understanding of the world, which grows ever more uncertain, distant, and mysterious..." --Ian Demsky, electronic book review

About Joseph McElroy


Joseph McElroy: McElroy is the author of numerous novels including the classic Women and Men. His Cannonball is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2013.