Sea of Tranquillity A Novel

Paul Russell

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

384 Pages


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Paul Russell's delicately layered, richly textured novels have won him widespread acclaim as one of the finest contemporary American novelists. Sea of Tranquillity, possibly his most ambitious and rewarding novel, traces a disintegrating nuclear family across two tumultuous decades of American life—from the early sixties to the eighties—and is told in a quartet of voices: astronaut Allen Cloud, his wife, their gay son, Jonathan, and Jonathan's friend/lover. Ranging in time and emotion from the optimism of the first moon shot to the dark landscape of the age of AIDS, Sea of Tranquillity is an extraordinary and compelling novel.


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PART ONEHOUSTON, 1970There's the time Allen comes home from a week's survival training in Panama to find Joan sprawled in bed with an empty bottle of vodka and a pistol--his old Air Force-issue Colt. It's lain untouched in the dresser drawer for years.He's more surprised than alarmed, and Joan isn't so much pointing the pistol as using it to randomly punctuate her rapid, oblivious monologue. He's heard her talking since the instant he walked in the back door. His first thought: she's rehearsing some play for the community theater that takes so much of her time. But he knows,
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  • Paul Russell

  • Paul Russell is the author of five novels— including The Coming Storm—as well as The Gay 100, a work of non-fiction. The Coming Storm was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award as well as the winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award. He is a professor at Vassar College and lives in upstate New York.