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Exley

Exley

Brock Clarke

  • award* Long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2011
  • For ten-year-old Miller, who lives with his mother in Watertown, New York, life has become a struggle to make sense of his father’s disappearance, for which he blames himself. Then, when he becomes convinced that he has found his father lying comatose in the local VA hospital, a victim of the war in Iraq, Miller begins a search for the one person he believes can save him, the famously reclusive—and, unfortunately, dead—Frederick Exley, a Watertown native and the author of his father’s favourite book, the ‘fictional memoir’ A Fan’s Notes. The story of Miller’s search, told by both Miller himself and his somewhat flaky therapist, ultimately becomes an exploration of the difference between what we believe to be real and what is in fact real, and how challenging it can be to reconcile the two.

    Part literary satire, part mystery, Exley unleashes the enormous talent of a writer whom critics have compared to Richard Ford and John Irving and whose work has been called ‘absurdly hilarious’ and ‘wildly entertaining’.

    Brock Clarke
    About the Author

    Brock Clarke is the author of three previous books: The Ordinary White Boy and two story collections. His stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals and reviews. He lives in Cincinnati and teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.

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    Extent:
    320 pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    22 November 2010
    ISBN:
    9781921656989
    AU Price:
    $32.95
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      ISBN: 9781921799976
      22 November 2010
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