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Heroic Measures

A novel by

2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (nominee)

From the author of The Tattoo Artist ('Beautifully written' - Alice Sebold; 'Boldly conceived' - The New York Times Book Review), a new novel - taut, moving, accomplished - set in a fraught, post-9/11 New York City on panic-alert.

A gasoline tanker truck is 'stuck' in the Midtown Tunnel. New Yorkers are panicked . . . Is this the
next big attack? The streets of Manhattan are welded solid with traffic. Meanwhile, Alex, an artist, and Ruth must get their beloved dachshund, whose back legs have suddenly become paralyzed, to the animal hospital sixty blocks north.

This is also the weekend that Alex and Ruth must sell their apartment. While house hunters traipse
through their home during their open house, husband and wife wait by the phone to hear from the animal hospital. During the course of forty-eight hours, as the missing driver of the gasoline truck terrorizes the city, the price of their apartment becomes a barometer for collective hope and despair, while the real estate market spikes and troughs with every breaking news story.

In shifting points of view - Alex's, Ruth's, and the little dog's - man, woman, and one small tenacious
beast try to make sense of the cacophony of rumors, opinions, and innuendos coming from news
anchors, cable TV pundits, pollsters, bomb experts, hostages, witnesses, real estate agents, house hunters, bargain seekers, howling dogs, veterinarians, nurses, and cab drivers.

A moving, deftly told novel of ultrahigh-urban anxiety.

Genre: General Fiction

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