In The Land Of The Living: A Novel

Paperback | March 25, 2014

byAustin Ratner

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"IN THE LAND OF THE LIVINGmade me laugh out loud, and it also left me deeply moved."--John Burnham Schwartz, author ofReservation RoadandNorthwest Corner
Isidore is a brilliant man, driven in equal measure by grief at his young mother's death, rage at his distant, abusive father, and his own fierce ambitions. When Isidore becomes a doctor, and a father himself, the cycle of grief continues. His son Leo is left behind too young, and also grows to be a doctor.

The story becomes Leo's, an alternately heartbreaking and hilarious account of his cross-country road trip with his younger brother as they try to understand their family, their relationship, and their own futures. An appealingly oddball character, angry at the world but angrier at himself, Leo yearns for love and simple satisfaction. Through his eyes we see the power of family both to destroy and to create, and the price and rewards of independence.

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"IN THE LAND OF THE LIVINGmade me laugh out loud, and it also left me deeply moved."--John Burnham Schwartz, author ofReservation RoadandNorthwest CornerIsidore is a brilliant man, driven in equal measure by grief at his young mother's death, rage at his distant, abusive father, and his own fierce ambitions. When Isidore becomes a doct...

Austin Ratner's first novel,The Jump Artist, was the 2011 winner of the Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. His work has appeared in theNew York Times Magazineand has been honored with theMissouri ReviewEditors' Prize in Fiction. He attended the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Before turning his focus to writing he received his M.D...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316206083

ISBN - 13:9780316206082

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"In the Land of the Living made me laugh out loud, and it also left me deeply moved. Part vaudeville and part tragic opera, it dances and rages with uncommon wisdom, conveying the pain, comedy, and beauty of familial love across the generations."-John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and Northwest Corner