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The Webster Chronicle

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Terry Mathers feels like a failure. His small-town weekly, The Webster Chronicle, is facing bankruptcy; he has separated from his wife; and his journalist father, Maury, is both the king of prime time and a magnet for younger women. Now in midlife, Terry's fed up with being disappointed-and disappointing.

But then Webster is shocked by an accusation of child abuse at the local, and highly esteemed, preschool. As the community grapples with rapidly escalating allegations, Terry seizes his chance to scoop the national media. His articles fan the flames of the growing crisis, and as the major news organizations descend, he struggles to maintain his professional judgment and ethics.

The Washington Post called Daniel Akst's first novel, St. Burl's Obituary, an "ingenious and thought-provoking . . . map of the contemporary world." With The Webster Chronicle, Akst gives readers another sharp and perceptive look at modern America, using as his backdrop a dark period in our country's early history. He deftly describes a community helpless in the face of mass hysteria and mass media, and guided by hapless, awkward Terry Mathers, who believes he's on a mission to save the children until he realizes, too late, that he's really only trying to save himself.

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Hardback Editions

October 2001 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Webster Chronicle
Author(s): Daniel Akst
ISBN: 0-399-14812-4 / 978-0-399-14812-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bluehen Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2002 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Webster Chronicle
Author(s): Daniel Akst
ISBN: 0-425-18761-6 / 978-0-425-18761-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blue Hen Trade
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Kindle Editions

April 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Webster Chronicle
Author(s): Daniel Akst
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