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A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in the wake of a devastating revelation, a father and son journey north across a tapestry of towns

When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn’t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son—a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no recourse in mind, and with a desire to see the country on one last trip, the man signs up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau and leaves town with his son. 

Traveling into the country, through towns named only by ascending letters of the alphabet, the man and his son encounter a wide range of human experience. While some townspeople welcome them into their homes, others who bear the physical brand of past censuses on their ribs are wary of their presence. When they press toward the edges of civilization, the landscape grows wilder, and the towns grow farther apart and more blighted by industrial decay. As they approach “Z,” the man must confront a series of questions: What is the purpose of the census? Is he complicit in its mission? And just how will he learn to say good-bye to his son? 

Mysterious and evocative, Census is a novel about free will, grief, the power of memory, and the ferocity of parental love, from one of our most captivating young writers.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Census is a vital testament to selfless love; a psalm to commonplace miracles; and a mysterious evolving metaphor. So kind, it aches." - David Mitchell


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April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball, Max Porter
ISBN: 1-78378-375-3 / 978-1-78378-375-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
ISBN: 0-06-267613-X / 978-0-06-267613-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Census: A Novel
Author(s): Jesse Ball
ISBN: 0-06-267614-8 / 978-0-06-267614-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
ISBN: 1-78378-377-X / 978-1-78378-377-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
ISBN: 1-5384-9741-7 / 978-1-5384-9741-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Census: Library Edition
Author(s): Jesse Ball
ISBN: 1-5384-9739-5 / 978-1-5384-9739-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
ISBN: 1-5384-9740-9 / 978-1-5384-9740-1 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Census
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
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April 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
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March 2018 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
Publisher: Granta Books
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March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Census
Author(s): Jesse Ball
Publisher: Ecco
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