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In each section of Michael Cunningham's bold new novel, his first since The Hours, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. "In the Machine" is a ghost story that takes place at the height of the industrial revolution, as human beings confront the alienating realities of the new machine age. "The Children's Crusade," set in the early twenty-first century, plays with the conventions of the noir thriller as it tracks the pursuit of a terrorist band that is detonating bombs, seemingly at random, around the city. The third part, "Like Beauty," evokes a New York 150 years into the future, when the city is all but overwhelmed by refugees from the first inhabited planet to be contacted by the people of Earth.

Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, "It avails not, neither time or place . . . I am with you, and know how it is." Specimen Days is a genre-bending, haunting, and transformative ode to life in our greatest city and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America's destiny. It is a work of surpassing power and beauty by one of the most original and daring writers at work today.

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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 1-4395-6632-1 / 978-1-4395-6632-9 (USA edition)
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September 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-7862-7895-1 / 978-0-7862-7895-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-00-715605-7 / 978-0-00-715605-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-374-29962-5 / 978-0-374-29962-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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May 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: SPECIMEN DAYS
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-00-200559-X / 978-0-00-200559-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-00-715606-5 / 978-0-00-715606-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days~Michael Cunningham
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-00-639290-3 / 978-0-00-639290-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
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April 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-312-42502-3 / 978-0-312-42502-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-00-722203-3 / 978-0-00-722203-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2006 : USA Perfect Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-312-93995-7 / 978-0-312-93995-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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July 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-00-719384-X / 978-0-00-719384-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-374-53008-4 / 978-0-374-53008-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador Usa
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June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-374-97538-8 / 978-0-374-97538-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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June 2005 : USA Paperback

Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-374-97539-6 / 978-0-374-97539-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Audio Editions

June 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Specimen Days: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 1-59397-688-7 / 978-1-59397-688-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Specimen Days: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 1-59397-689-5 / 978-1-59397-689-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Specimen Days: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 1-59397-687-9 / 978-1-59397-687-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-7927-3657-5 / 978-0-7927-3657-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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June 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-7927-3658-3 / 978-0-7927-3658-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBV Audiobooks America
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June 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
ISBN: 0-7927-3659-1 / 978-0-7927-3659-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Specimen Days
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Specimen Days: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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