Heroic Measures: A Novel by Jill Ciment

Heroic Measures: A Novel

byJill Ciment

Kobo ebook | June 30, 2009

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The basis for the major motion picture 5 Flights Up starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman.

New York City is on high alert—a gasoline truck is “stuck” in the Midtown tunnel and the driver has fled. Through panic and gridlock, Alex and Ruth must transport their beloved old dachshund—whose back legs are suddenly paralyzed—to the animal hospital, using a cutting board as a stretcher. But this is also the weekend when Alex and Ruth must sell the apartment in which they have lived for most of their adult lives. Over the course of forty-eight hours, as the mystery of the missing truck driver terrorizes the city and the dachshund’s life hangs in the balance, the bidding war over their apartment becomes a barometer for collective hope and despair. Told in shifting points of view—Alex’s, Ruth’s, and the little dog’s—Heroic Measures is a moving, deft novel about urban anxiety and the love that deepens over years.

Title:Heroic Measures: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 30, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030737825X

ISBN - 13:9780307378255

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much to think about Jill Ciment turns a weekend in New York into an examination of the lives of an aging couple of New Yorkers and their dog, Dorothy. They are at a crossroads in a tense city which leads to hard decisions, to acting out of character (or not), and to re-examining their pasts, their passions and the future they will choose. Not to be missed.
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