America America

Ethan Canin, whose America, America is on nearly all of the critics summer reading lists, was one of the featured speakers at the Random House/LJ Author Breakfast for Collection Development Librarians at BEA.

Reviews are beginning to hit this week, including a 2,378 word near-rave from John Updike in The New Yorker (“a complicated, many-layered epic of class, politics, sex, death, and social history”) and a MUCH shorter B+ from Entertainment Weekly‘s Tina Jordan (“the satisfying, compulsively readable saga of a northeastern coal dynasty.”)

The book even makes People‘s list of 14 “Sizzling Summer Reads” this week (unfortunately, the list is not posted on the People Web site. Guess they had to give priority to their list of “Single & Sexy Men of ’08“). Eerily echoing Updike, the VERY short People review says “status, money and politics intersect in this ambitious tale.”

So far, library holds to copy ratios are comfortable.

  • Hardcover: $27.00
  • Publisher: Random House; (June 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0679456805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679456803
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $44.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (June 24, 2008)
  • Reader: Robertson Dean
  • ISBN-10: 0739368494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739368497

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