The Pesthouse: Book summary and reviews of The Pesthouse by Jim Crace

The Pesthouse

By Jim Crace

The Pesthouse

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Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a barren, lawless, scantly populated wasteland. The machines have stopped. The government has collapsed. Farmlands lie fallow, the soil contaminated by toxins. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe.

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"Crace's fable is an engrossing, if not completely convincing, outline of the shape of things to come." - PW.

"Crace, an award-winning British writer who should be more widely appreciated, manages to give depth and complexity to characters in a post-literate society who are practically nonverbal." - Library Journal.

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Jim Crace Author Biography

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Jim Crace is the author of many novels including Continent, The Gift of Stones, Arcadia, Signals of Distress, Quarantine (1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year; shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Being Dead (2001 National Book Critics’ Circle Award), The Devil’s Larder, Six, The Pesthouse, All That Follows and Harvest. His novels have been translated into twenty-six languages.

He was elected to the Royal Society of Literature in 1999; he has also received the E.M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England where he is a keen amateur birdwatcher and also enjoys live music at small venues.

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