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Sutton

by J. R. Moehringer

Thorndike Press | October 5, 2012 | Hardcover |

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A New York Times Bestselling Author, A Pulitzer Prize-winning Author -- From the acclaimed author of The Tender Bar comes a much-anticipated first novel based on the life of the beloved bank robber Willie Sutton. Born in the Irish slums of Brooklyn in the first year of the twentieth century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. Taking brazen risks, causing millions to lose their jobs and homes, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Sutton saw only one way out; one way to win the girl of his dreams. So began the career of America''s most successful -- and favorite -- bank robber, who Moehringer now brings blazing back to life.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 628 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 1.18 in

Published: October 5, 2012

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1410451119

ISBN - 13: 9781410451118

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer J.R. Moehringer makes his fiction debut with this delicious read about the life of Depression-era bank robber Willie Sutton. Willie Sutton (1901 - 1980) was kindhearted, hardworking, and inherently honorable. But from a young age, the goodness in him was beaten down and bullied out. At every turn his attempts to earn a living and live a decent life were thwarted. Banks loomed large in Willie's life, and he came to understand that the people who ran them were the worst dregs of society – immoral and greedy men who had no compassion for those who struggled to eke out a living. One pivotal humiliation turned Willie toward a career he could control: robbing banks. Notwithstanding his talent as a bank robber, Willie Sutton was no stranger to incarceration, or to extricating himself from jail. His charm and personality – as well as his creed of non-violence – made him a folk hero. In Sutton, the reader meets Willie as an old man just after his final release from prison on Christmas Eve, 1969. Within minutes of walking out, he is kidnapped by a reporter and photographer who have been waiting for hours for the big "get" – the first real interview with Willie Sutton. Willie obliges – but in his way. Over the course of the next 24 hours, Willie takes his captors through a chronological series of emotional flashbacks of the defining moments in his life. It is a fascinating story, loosely based on truth, and filled with memorable Runyonesque characters, including Willie's love, Bess. Like with Bonnie and Clyde, this story will draw you in and have you rooting for the bad guy all the way. Sutton is very much a book to savour.

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Sutton

Sutton

by J. R. Moehringer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 628 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 1.18 in

Published: October 5, 2012

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1410451119

ISBN - 13: 9781410451118

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A New York Times Bestselling Author, A Pulitzer Prize-winning Author -- From the acclaimed author of The Tender Bar comes a much-anticipated first novel based on the life of the beloved bank robber Willie Sutton. Born in the Irish slums of Brooklyn in the first year of the twentieth century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. Taking brazen risks, causing millions to lose their jobs and homes, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Sutton saw only one way out; one way to win the girl of his dreams. So began the career of America''s most successful -- and favorite -- bank robber, who Moehringer now brings blazing back to life.

About the Author

J. R. Moehringer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist. He is the author of The Tender Bar (2005) and Sutton (2012). He collaborated on Andre Aggassi's memoir Open (2012). Moehringer graduated from Yale University in 1986. He began his journalism career as a news assistant at The New York Times later moving to Breckenridge, Colorado to work at the Rocky Mountain News and even later he became a reporter for the Orange County bureau of the Los Angeles Times. Moehringer eventually was sent to Atlanta to serve as the LA Times national correspondent on the south. Moehringer received the Literary Award, PEN Center USA West and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, both in 1997 and a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2000.
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