By Jonathan Dee
For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. during this sharply saw story of self-invention and public scandal, Dee increases a trenchant query: what will we actually need once we ask for forgiveness?
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a brink. Ben, a accomplice in a prestigious legislation company, has turn into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a switch that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in a single afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming flip, and every little thing the Armsteads have equipped jointly unravels, quickly and spectacularly.
chase away into the operating international, Helen unearths a role in public family and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate long island to an condominium in new york. There, Helen discovers she has a unprecedented reward, necessary on the planet of picture regulate: she will be able to persuade boastful males to confess their blunders, spinning crises into moment probabilities. but redemption is extra simply granted in her specialist lifestyles than in her own one.
As she is faced with the most important case of her profession, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s more and more far-off habit, Helen needs to face the boundaries of responsibility and her personal ability for forgiveness.
Praise for A Thousand Pardons
“A Thousand Pardons is that infrequent factor: a real literary mystery. Eerily suspenseful and jam-packed with dramatic occasion, it additionally bargains a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective eager for authenticity in those overmediated times.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of A stopover at from the Goon Squad
“A web page turner with no sacrificing a smidgen of mental perception. What a triumph.”—Kirkus stories (starred review)
“Dee is adept at meshing the complexities of marriage and family members lifestyles with the paradoxes of the zeitgeist. In his 6th meticulously lathed and magnetizing novel, he riffs at the perform of obstacle administration [and] the absurdities of a society geared to speak in 1000 digital modes whereas these closest to one another can slightly make eye contact.”—Booklist
“[A] fast-moving, continually unique tale . . . a sensible, witty examine the rites of apology in modern America.”—Shelf understanding
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13. ” Joseph had no reason to accuse the other merchants of being spies, but he had a reason to accuse his brothers—because they had come in through ten dif ferent gates. If they were all members of the same group, it made no sense for them to spread out like that. Joseph’s purpose in putting them through these tests was to find out whether the dreams he had told them would come true. 59 This is a Muslim interpretation, based on Qur’an 12:67: “And he said: O my sons! Go not in by one gate; go in by different gates.
Joseph was therefore right to exert more self-control than others in this matter, in order to teach men that in times of persecution, they should abstain from carnal vices and turn to God. 51. And Joseph called the name of his firstborn Manasseh, which means “forgetfulness,” “because the Lord made me forget all my distress, and all the house of my father;” 52. ” 53–55. And when the years of plenty were fulfilled and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said, the people cried out to the king for bread.
32. As for Pharaoh 52 The Vulgate translation. ” << Chapter >> Home | TOC This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. ” One doesn’t see that Pharaoh had this dream more than once that night, so why does it say he dreamed twice? ” Furthermore, it has been deduced from this that when one has a dream two or more times, it is true and will happen very soon. 33. From this moment let Pharaoh start looking for a man of wisdom and understanding, and set him over the land of Egypt.