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Cannonball, by Joseph McElroy

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Cannonball, by Joseph McElroy


Cannonball, by Joseph McElroy


Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN: 9781938604218
Trim: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.9


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Written in a voice of passion, warning, and awakening, Joseph McElroy's ninth novel, Cannonball, takes us to a distant war we never understood and have half forgotten, upheld by an unearthed new testament and framed by the American competitive psyche; yet always back to a California family, a bold intimacy between brother and sister, and a story of two springboard divers and their different fates.


"Move over, Pynchon—the 83-year-old Joseph McElroy is as inventive as ever, and this time he takes on the Iraq War." —Tom LeClair, The Daily Beast


"Brilliant...very moving...McElroy's achievement may help us home from the apocalypse." —New York Times Book Review
"Like the best of Schubert, Beethoven, or Haydn...a work that aims to make process signify more than it can say." —Harry Mathews, The Review of Contemporary Fiction

"Nobody else writes  or can write like McElroy." —Seattle Times


Joseph McElroy is the author of nine novels, a novella, and a volume of short fiction. A volume of his essays, Exponential, has been published in Italy and in expanded form will be forthcoming as an eBook from Dzanc. Three short plays are forthcoming. He received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and D.H. Lawrence Foundations, twice from Ingram Merrill and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at numerous universities. McElroy was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He was educated at Williams College and Columbia University.