A sizzling, darkly funny, propulsive new novel - his most daring yet - by the author of Snow Falling on Cedars: a sweeping, dazzling story of destiny, desire, and destruction.
In Seattle, 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary - "a guy who weighs risk for a living" - takes a risk of his own, and makes the biggest error of his life. He sleeps with Diane, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who's taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted by an adoring family, becomes Edward Aaron King, and grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and an international celebrity - the King of Search - who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape.
A thrilling reimagining of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex: a riveting new novel that brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time.
"The novel's worldview doesn't allow for heroes or gods, and treats fate as if it were mere coincidence. But the story is propelled by irony, much of it delightful, and if we're able to mock ourselves, we can't be all bad. Can we?" - Publishers Weekly
"What commences as a sophisticated, Franzen-like look at the foibles and dashed dreams of the American family devolves into a melodrama that just doesn't feel authentic. Still, Guterson has a reputation for handling hot-button topics, and his fans will likely clamor for this." - Library Journal
"Starred Review. Exuberantly rambunctious, Guterson's bold pondering of the Greek classic is a fiendishly tantalizing romp." - Booklist
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David Guterson was born in Seattle in 1956. His father, Murray Guterson,
is a distinguished criminal defense lawyer: "One of the things I
heard [from him] early on was to find something you love to do--before you
think about money or anything else. The other thing was to do something
that you feel has a positive impact on the world."
Guterson received his M.A. from the University of Washington, where he studied under the writer Charles Johnson. It was there that he developed his ideas about the moral function of literature: "Fiction writers shouldn't dictate to people what their morality should be," he said in a recent interview. "Yet not enough writers are presenting moral questions for reflection, which I think...
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