The Coast of Akron

A Novel

Adrienne Miller

Picador

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The Coast of Akron is the story of the gloriously unorthodox, maladjusted, brilliant Haven clan. In the thirty years since artists Lowell and Jenny met, inspired each other, and separated, Lowell ascended to fame while Jenny mothered their talented and now-grown daughter, Merit. In an attempt to answer questions and heal old wounds, Lowell’s dyspeptic lover, Fergus, lures the family and guests back to the hallowed faux-Tudor mansion where it all began. It is at this lavish gathering that long-standing secrets, as well as bonds, will be revealed.

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"Adrienne Miller's enormous talent is evident on every page. . . . She has written a big, smart novel that's confident and juicy."--Curtis Sittenfeld, The Washington Post

"Miller's handling of this crew is a joy, the characters revealing themselves through a clever and deftly synchronized plot and unflaggingly witty prose."--The Boston Globe

"When Miller lights the narrative fuse, her readers wait for the fireworks with heart-pounding giddiness. . . . Yet, oddly enough, it isn't the zany plot that provides the most excitement. Instead, the pyrotechnics come from Miller's enormous wit and linguistic creativity."--The New York Times Book Review

"The Coast of Akron is a joy to read and decipher."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"Splendidly realized characters . . . Miller is a gifted ventriloquist."--Chicago Tribune

"As a farce, the book could not be more bizarre, or more dead-on-target. . . . The novel this one most resembles is Don DeLillo's classic White Noise. Like the Gladneys of DeLillo's book, the family in this lively debut has a slaphappy giddiness that seems almost to come from something in the air."--The Independent (London)

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About the Author

Adrienne Miller

Adrienne Miller is the literary editor at Esquire, which won the 2004 National Magazine Award for Fiction. She now lives in New York City. This is her first novel.

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The Coast of Akron
A Novel
Adrienne Miller

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
May 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425135
ISBN10: 0312425139
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$20.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429932158
ISBN10: 1429932155
400 pages
$7.99
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