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The Full Catastrophe

David Carkeet

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-340-8
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Linguist Jeremy Cook knows how language works, but he doesn't know how marriage works. In fact, he is strangely hostile to the institution. So Cook is naturally uneasy about his job with the Pillow Agency, a St. Louis firm specializing in "the linguistically troubled marriage." His assignment is to move in with Dan and Beth Wilson, a prosperous suburban couple with an impoverished relationship, to analyze their verbal problems and help them-if he can. As Cook catalogs the Wilsons' missed signs and missed signals, he becomes increasingly, most unscientifically, involved.

About the Author
David Carkeet
is the author of five novels, including three New York Times Notable Books. His honors include an Edgar nomination, an O. Henry Award, an NEA Fellowship, and the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award. He lived in St. Louis for thirty years with his wife and three daughters. He currently lives in Worcester, Vermont.

Praise for The Full Catastrophe

"A comic chronicle of marital misunderstandings. . . eccentric, hilarious, wildly inventive and eerily accurate. . . Read this terrific book." -The Los Angeles Times

"With humor and insight, Mr. Carkeet's fourth novel addresses the commonest of social diseases-a failing marriage-with the least likely of therapies: a live-in linguist."-The New York Times Book Review

"A feat of literary magic. . . a trove of insights about the way we live and love and bump our heads trying, sweetened by some of the funniest writing since Mark Twain." -Jonathan Kellerman

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