The Land Of Steady Habits

Paperback | January 20, 2015

byTed Thompson

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"This assured, compassionate first novel channels the suburban angsty of Updike and Cheever...with pitch-perfect prose and endearingly melancholy characters."--Booklist(Starred Review)


Anders Hill, entering his early sixties and seemingly ensconced in the "land of steady habits"--a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Connecticut that dot his commuter rail line--abandons his career and family for a new condo and a new life. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, Anders turns up at a holiday party full of his ex-wife's friends and is suprised to find that the very world he rejected may be one he needs.

Thus Anders embarks on a clumsy, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present. Like the early work of John Updike, Ted Thompson's first novel finely observes a man in deep conflict with his community. With compassion for its characters and fresh insight into the American tradition of the "suburban narrative," THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS introduces an auspicious talent.

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"This assured, compassionate first novel channels the suburban angsty of Updike and Cheever...with pitch-perfect prose and endearingly melancholy characters."--Booklist(Starred Review)Anders Hill, entering his early sixties and seemingly ensconced in the "land of steady habits"--a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Co...

Ted Thompsonis a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship. His work has appeared inTin HouseandBest New American Voices,among other publications. He was born in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 20, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316186570

ISBN - 13:9780316186575

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"Ted Thompson's The Land of Steady Habits, set in a wealthy Connecticut commuter town, seems to cause most readers to immediately reach for the Cheever and Updike comparisons. But Thompson's novel makes the territory utterly its own. Its central character, Anders, manages to be sympathetic and blindly destructive all at once, and Thompson works him for both raucous humor and real insight. A sly, painstaking portrait of an unraveling marriage and a crumbling culture. And on a purely technical level, so elegant and meticulously arranged that I kept looking for hidden wires. There are none. Honesty is the only trick here."-San Francisco Chronicle