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A shocking phone call in the first sentence sparks a soaring tour-de-force saga by the writer Publishers Weekly deemed "a hip Saul Bellow."

It is the tale of two brothers, years apart in age, who have become close late in life. But the freakish death of one at the book's outset sends the other reeling into a shattered yet strangely exhilarating re-visitation of their lives together.

Phone Rings is the work of a master at the peak of his form: a beautiful overlapping of scenes both remembered and ongoing, told with tenderness and an antic, laugh-out-loud sense of humor. In Dixon's inimitable mix of absorbing narrative, deceptively simple prose and waggishly innovative style, it becomes the sprawling chronicle of a large Jewish family in mid-century New York City, surviving three wars, the 60s cultural revolution, marriages, divorces, births and deaths . . . is it all lost with the piercing sound of a ringing phone? Or is that the chance to realize the possibility of transcendence?

Stephen Dixon has long been considered the "secret master" of American fiction by great writers such as Jonathan Lethem. In this book, he may well have written his masterpiece.


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"One of the great secret masters." - Jonathan Lethem

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September 2005 : USA Paperback

Title: Phone Rings
Author(s): Stephen Dixon
ISBN: 0-9761407-8-0 / 978-0-9761407-8-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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