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The Development

A novel by

From one of our most celebrated masters, a touching, comic, deeply humane collection of linked stories about surprising developments in a gated community

"I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting hour: the summer of the Peeping Tom."

Something has disturbed the comfortably retired denizens of a pristine Florida-style gated community in Chesapeake Bay country. In the dawn of the new millennium and the evening of their lives, these empty nesters discover that their tidy enclave can be as colorful, shocking, and surreal as any of John Barth's fictional locales. From the high jinks of a toga party to marital infidelities, a baffling suicide pact, and the sudden, apocalyptic destruction of the short-lived development, Barth brings mordant humor and compassion to the lives of characters we all know well.

From "one of the most prodigally gifted comic novelists writing in English
today" (Newsweek), The Development is John Barth at his most accessible
and sympathetic best.

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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Hardback

Title: The Development
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-547-07248-1 / 978-0-547-07248-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: The Development: Nine Stories
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-547-39450-0 / 978-0-547-39450-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Development
Author(s): John Barth
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

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