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Perfume River

(2016)
A novel by

 
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

'Perfume River hits its marks with a high-stakes intensity...'- New York Times

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

November 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Perfume River
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-84344-889-0 / 978-1-84344-889-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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November 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: Perfume River
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-84344-964-1 / 978-1-84344-964-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: Perfume River
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-84344-945-5 / 978-1-84344-945-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2016 : Paperback
thumbTitle: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
ISBN: 1-5390-9432-4 / 978-1-5390-9432-6
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

October 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Perfume River: The poignant new literary novel from Pulitzer Prize winner
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
Publisher: No Exit Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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