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Robert Quinlan is a seventy-year-old historian, teaching at Florida State University, where his wife Darla is also tenured. Their marriage, forged in the fervor of anti-Vietnam-war protests, now bears the fractures of time, both personal and historical, with the couple trapped in an existence of morning coffee and solitary jogging and separate offices. For Robert and Darla, the cracks remain under 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. Robert and Jimmy's father, a veteran of WWII, is coming to the end of his life, and aftershocks of war ripple across their lives once again, when Jimmy refuses to appear at his father's bedside. And an unstable homeless man whom Robert at first takes to be a fellow Vietnam veteran turns out to have a deep impact not just on Robert, but on his entire family.

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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October 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)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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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
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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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
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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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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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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Title: Perfume River: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Olen Butler
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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