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In the Land of the Living

A Novel

By Austin Ratner

A dazzling story of fathers, sons, and brothers - bound by love, divided by history

The Auberons are a lovably neurotic, infernally intelligent family who love and hate each other-and themselves-- in equal measure.

Driven both by grief at his young mother's death and war with his distant, abusive immigrant father, patriarch Isidore almost attains the life of his dreams: he works his way through Harvard and then medical school; he marries a beautiful and even-keeled girl; in his father-in-law, he finds the father he always wanted; and he becomes a father himself. He has talent, but he also has rage, and happiness is not meant to be his for very long.

Isidore's sons, Leo and Mack, haunted by the mythic, epic proportions of their father's heroics and the tragic events that marked their early lives, have alternately relied upon and disappointed one another since the day Mack was born. For Leo, who is angry at the world but angrier at himself, the burden of the past shapes his future: sexual awakening, first love, and restless attempts live up to his father's ideals.

Just when Leo reaches a crossroads between potential self-destruction and new freedom, Mack invites him on a road trip from Los Angeles to Cleveland. As the brothers make their way east, and towards understanding, their battles and reconciliations illuminate the power of family to both destroy and empower-and the price and rewards of independence.

Part family saga, part coming-of-age story, In the Land of the Living is a kinetic, fresh, bawdy yet earnest shot to the heart of a novel about coping with death, and figuring out how and why to live.

Format

Book

Availability

1 available at Southeast
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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780316206099


Format: Book
Author: Ratner, Austin
Title: In the land of the living : a novel / Austin Ratner.
Publisher Date: New York : Reagan Arthur Books, 2013.
Subject: Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction Families -- Fiction Grief -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780316206099 0316206091
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: PS3618.A875 I5 2013
Oclc: 804144909
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Bib Id: 424175

Format: Book
Author: Ratner, Austin
Title: In the land of the living : a novel / Austin Ratner.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Reagan Arthur Books, 2013.
Subjects: Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction
Subjects: Families -- Fiction
Subjects: Grief -- Fiction
LCCN: 2012028730
ISBN: 9780316206099
ISBN: 0316206091
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: PS3618.A875 I5 2013