Heroic Measures

Heroic Measures

A Novel

Book - 2009
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From the author ofThe Tattoo Artist("Beautifully written"--Alice Sebold; "Boldly conceived"--The New York Times Book Review), a new novel--taut, moving, accomplished--set in a fraught, post-9/11 New York City on panic-alert. A gasoline tanker truck is "stuck" in the Midtown Tunnel. New Yorkers are panicked . . . Is this the next big attack? The streets of Manhattan are welded solid with traffic. Meanwhile, Alex, an artist, and Ruth must get their beloved dachshund, whose back legs have suddenly become paralyzed, to the animal hospital sixty blocks north. This is also the weekend that Alex and Ruth must sell their apartment. While house hunters traipse through their home during their open house, husband and wife wait by the phone to hear from the animal hospital. During the course of forty-eight hours, as the missing driver of the gasoline truck terrorizes the city, the price of their apartment becomes a barometer for collective hope and despair, while the real estate market spikes and troughs with every breaking news story. In shifting points of view--Alex's, Ruth's, and the little dog's--man, woman, and one small tenacious beast try to make sense of the cacophony of rumors, opinions, and innuendos coming from news anchors, cable TV pundits, pollsters, bomb experts, hostages, witnesses, real estate agents, house hunters, bargain seekers, howling dogs, veterinarians, nurses, and cab drivers. A moving, deftly told novel of ultrahigh-urban anxiety. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375425226
Characteristics: 191 p. ;,21 cm.


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Oct 24, 2019

Not much of a story, but good observations of a mature marriage. Good writing.

Icicle Feb 02, 2011

I LOVED this book. It's thoughtful, beautifully written, and just quirky enough. I wanted to go live with the characters.

Jul 17, 2010

A very charming book - an elderly Jewish couple is selling their 5th story walkup in post 9/11 New York City. They struggle with this fact at the same time as their senior dachshund is undergoing back surgery. Felt a wonderful sense of being in their neighbourhood - and it was very poignant in parts. For all those dachshund lovers out there.

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