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Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence 2017

Profound and poignant, Perfume River is an examination of relationships, personal choice, and how war resonates down the generations. It is the finest novel yet from the Pulitzer Prize - winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Robert Quinlan and his wife Darla teach at Florida State University. Their marriage, forged in the fervor of anti-Vietnam-war protests, now bears the fractures of time, with the couple trapped in an existence of morning coffee and solitary jogging and separate offices. For Robert and Darla, the cracks remain below the surface, whereas the divisions in Robert's own family are more apparent: he has almost no relationship with his brother Jimmy, who became estranged from the family as the Vietnam War intensified. William Quinlan, Robert and Jimmy's father, a veteran of World War II, is coming to the end of his life, and aftershocks of war ripple across all their lives once again when Jimmy refuses to appear at his father's bedside. And a disturbed homeless man whom Robert at first takes to be a fellow Vietnam veteran turns out to have a devastating impact not just on Robert, but on his entire family.

'What I so like about Perfume River is its plainly-put elegance. Enough time has passed since Viet Nam that its grave human lessons and heartbreaks can be, with a measure of genius, almost simply stated. Butler's novel is a model for this heartbreaking simplicity and grace' - Richard Ford

'Movingly portrays a family still torn apart by a war that ended 40 years earlier' - Sunday Times

'This is a novel about the long shadows cast by war and trauma' - Daily Mail

'Perfume River is a highly accomplished novel. Butler's prose is polished and supple, his elegant voice capable of shifting from academia to the 'whoosh... and blare' of combat, then to the lush immediacy of Vietnam' - Spectator

'Butler has not entered the significant and ever-growing canon of Vietnam-related fiction (he has long been a member); he has changed its composition forever' - Guardian

Genre: Literary Fiction    

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November 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Perfume River (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-4104-9365-2 / 978-1-4104-9365-1 (USA edition)
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November 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: Perfume River
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ISBN: 1-84344-889-0 / 978-1-84344-889-1 (UK edition)
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September 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 0-8021-2575-1 / 978-0-8021-2575-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Perfume River
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-84344-964-1 / 978-1-84344-964-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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August 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 0-8021-2695-2 / 978-0-8021-2695-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Perfume River
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-84344-945-5 / 978-1-84344-945-4 (UK edition)
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September 2016 : Paperback
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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-5390-9432-4 / 978-1-5390-9432-6
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-68168-326-1 / 978-1-68168-326-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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September 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
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September 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
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Kindle Editions

October 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Perfume River: The poignant new literary novel from Pulitzer Prize winner
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
Publisher: No Exit Press
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September 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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