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Originally published by Viking in July 1987, three months before Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, Parallelogram depicts an even more cataclysmic collision of the discrete spheres that defined New York in the 1970's and early 1980's.
"Looking about with a distracted air, as though she had lost a star that belonged to her," Alicia Train, at twenty-five, has so far failed in her search for a purposeful life. Unlike her elder brother Noel, a brilliant and committed pediatric oncologist, she has felt - and feels - no particular passion for very long, a shortcoming that increasingly bothers her. Orphaned by unspeakable violence as children then separated for years, the siblings were eventually adopted and lovingly reared by one of Texas's most established families. Now, as adults, both have settled in the East. If Alicia's head and heart are torn between a talented surgeon colleague of Noel's, whose faith is first love, and a boyfriend from whom she has recently been on the rebound, a dashing, dissolute dreamer and would-be movie star, her fate is bound up with those of dangerous characters far from the margin of her world. When a pair of young, deluded thugs in search of easy prey stumble into her milieu, every life is changed irrevocably.

Hypnotically readable and sexually charged, Parallelogram is a novel of love as well as murder, of connection and contradiction, the randomness of moments, and the resonance of events.
"With literary symmetry and geometric precision, Caplan plots a perfect parallelogram of rage and passion." - Booklist
"Riveting... a tale that veers from violence and crime to the glittering world of the rich and successful and back again... Not easily put down - or forgotten." - Chicago Tribune


Used availability for Thomas Caplan's Parallelogram

Hardback Editions

June 1987 : USA Hardback

Title: Parallelogram
Author(s): Thomas M Caplan
ISBN: 0-670-81547-0 / 978-0-670-81547-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

March 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Parallelogram (Paladin Books)
Author(s): Thomas Caplan
ISBN: 0-586-08757-5 / 978-0-586-08757-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paladin
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Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

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