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The Understory

(2007)
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Set in New York City and in a Buddhist monastery in rural Vermont, The Understory is both a mystery and a psychological study and reveals that repression and self-expression can be equally destructive.

The Understory - the debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Virgins - is the haunting portrayal of Jack Gorse, an ex-lawyer, now unemployed, who walls off his inner life with elaborate rituals and routines. Every day he takes the same walk from his Upper West Side apartment to the Brooklyn Bridge. He follows the same path through Central Park; he stops to browse in the same bookstore, to eat lunch in the same diner. Threatened with eviction from his longtime apartment and caught off-guard by an attraction to a near stranger, Gorse takes steps that lead to the dramatic dissolution of the only existence he's known. As the narrative alternates between his days in New York City and his present life in a Vermont Buddhist Monastery, The Understory unfolds as both a mystery and a psychological study, revealing that repression and self-expression can be equally destructive.

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April 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Understory: A Novel
Author(s): Pamela Erens
ISBN: 1-935639-85-4 / 978-1-935639-85-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tin House Books
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Understory
Author(s): Pamela Erens
ISBN: 1-931336-04-0 / 978-1-931336-04-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ironweed Pr Inc
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April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Understory: A Novel
Author(s): Pamela Erens
Publisher: Tin House Books
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