The Royal Family: A Novel by William T. VollmannThe Royal Family: A Novel by William T. Vollmann

The Royal Family: A Novel

byWilliam T. Vollmann

Paperback | August 1, 2001

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A rich, haunting novel of street life in San Francisco’s Mission District, from the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central

Watch for Vollmann’s new work of nonfiction, No Immediate Danger, coming in April of 2018

In The Royal Family, William T. Vollmann uses the story of two brothers to construct a haunting series of parallels between the lives of the dispossessed and the anxious middle class. Henry Tyler is a failing private detective in San Francisco. When the love of his life, Irene--who happens to be married to his brother John, an ambitious contract lawyer--commits suicide, he clings despairingly to her ghost. Struggling to turn his grief into something precious, Henry enters into a new life of nightmare beauty and degradation as he attempts to track down the legendary Queen of the Prostitutes.

Crafted out of language by turns eloquent, humorous, sensual, and obscene, and full of vividly rendered depictions of low-life bars, office politics, and hobo camps, here are Vollmann's familiar but ever surprising characters--the seekers, the vigilantes, the hypocrites, the street prostitutes. He has woven their stories into a vivid and unforgettable novel about the eerie paradoxes of possession and loss.
William T. Vollmann is the author of ten novels, including Europe Central, which won the National Book Award.  He has also written four collections of stories, including The Atlas, which won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a memoir, and six works of nonfiction, including Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which ...
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Title:The Royal Family: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 9.3 × 6.5 × 1.8 inPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014100200X

ISBN - 13:9780141002002

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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