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The Book of Important Moments, by Richard Wiley

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The Book of Important Moments, by Richard Wiley

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The Book of Important Moments, by Richard Wiley


Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Paperback: 239 pages
ISBN: 9781938604454
Trim: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9


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Married, pregnant, and happy, Ruth Rhodes is confronted by the man who raped her years earlier, and must come clean with herself and her husband while he negotiates the grief and mystery surrounding the murder of his own mother. The rapist, meanwhile, stands atop this narrative, telling his side of the story in diabolically captivating ways.


Winner of the 1987 PEN/Faulkner Award for Best American Fiction

“Wiley's first novel is a work of exceptional power and imagination, especially in his portrayal of his protagonist's ‘listless remorse’ and cross-cultural alienation.” –Publishers Weekly

“Intelligent and interesting…daring and entirely convincing.” –Washington Post

“A beautiful, wise and timeless book, powerful and resonant.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Crackling with excitement.” –Library Journal

“Richard Wiley writes as if he was born and raised everywhere.” –Charles Johnson

About Richard Wiley


Richard Wiley is the author of six previous novels including Soldiers in Hiding, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for best American fiction. He is a professor of English and the associate director of the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.