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Century's Son

A Novel

Robert Boswell

Picador

Century’s Son is a piercing and visionary novel that explores the surprisingly diverse lives of one midwestern American family. In the years following the suicide of their teenaged son, husband and wife Morgan and Zhenya have settled into a staid and loveless marriage. Morgan is a one-time union leader who is now happy as a simple garbageman; Zhenya is a professor at the local state university, whose balance is about to be offset by the arrival of her famous father, a Russian political dissident-cum-American cultural critic who, among other things, claims to have had the chance to murder Stalin and now celebrates his hundredth birthday.

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Praise for Century's Son

“A capacious, complex novel. There’s so much going on you can’t miss a line, but you wouldn’t want to.” —Chicago Tribune

“[Century’s Son] is utterly compelling....Perhaps the loveliest surprise of this terrific novel is how easily Boswell moves from the absurd to the tragic without comment, excuse, or explanation.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Unexpectedly deep and effective...Against an increasingly interconnected world, Boswell sets his vision of one family’s painful, incomplete, unorthodox but still stirring return to life as an irremediably private matter.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Stunning...Cross Anne Tyler with Michael Chabon and you’d get a cast something like the one Boswell has bred.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Robert Boswell

  • Robert Boswell is the author of two story collections and five novels, including Mystery Ride and Crooked Hearts. He lives with his wife, the writer Antonya Nelson, and their two children, in Houston, Texas.
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Century's Son

A Novel

Robert Boswell

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