“At his core he was nobody, and his nobodyness felt like something unforgivable.”
— Jonathan Dee
— Jonathan Dee A Thousand Pardons (via annabelsmith)
“I mean she’s not exactly a complex figure. You can look at her and pretty much imagine what that whole relationship was like. She’s like a dog. One bit of kindness and she’s so grateful she forgets about what happened a minute ago.”
— Michael Bourne, “Who Are We Without Our Stories? Jonathan Dee’s A Thousand Pardons.” (via millionsmillions)
Maureen Corrigan on Jonathan Dee’s new novel, A Thousand Pardons:
Jonathan Dee likes to write about rich, good-looking people falling apart—and who among the 99% of us can’t enjoy that plot? In The Privileges, the dad of the family was a Wall Street trader, tempted by existential boredom into larceny; in A Thousand Pardons, the dad of the family is a partner in a New York law firm, tempted by existential boredom into a disastrous workplace affair. The women in Dee’s recent fiction tend to be decorative stay-at-home moms; that is, until the spontaneous combustion of hubby’s career expels them out of their silken domestic cocoons. There’s nowhere to go but down for Dee’s characters and we groundlings clap as they plummet: losing bank accounts, houses, furniture and good school systems on their descent into the economic maelstrom.
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