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A Good American

A Good American

(2012)
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An uplifting novel about the families we create and the places we call home.

It is 1904. When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother, where better to go than America, the land of the new? Originally set to board a boat to New York, at the last minute, they take one destined for New Orleans instead ("What's the difference? They're both new"), and later find themselves, more by chance than by design, in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.

Beatrice is populated with unforgettable characters: a jazz trumpeter from the Big Easy who cooks a mean gumbo, a teenage boy trapped in the body of a giant, a pretty schoolteacher who helps the young men in town learn about a lot more than just music, a minister who believes he has witnessed the Second Coming of Christ, and a malevolent, bicycle-riding dwarf.

A Good American is narrated by Frederick and Jette's grandson, James, who, in telling his ancestors' story, comes to realize he doesn't know his own story at all. From bare-knuckle prizefighting and Prohibition to sweet barbershop harmonies, the Kennedy assassination, and beyond, James's family is caught up in the sweep of history. Each new generation discovers afresh what it means to be an American. And, in the process, Frederick and Jette's progeny sometimes discover more about themselves than they had bargained for.

Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, A Good American is a novel about being an outsider-in your country, in your hometown, and sometimes even in your own family. It is a universal story about our search for home.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 0-399-15759-X / 978-0-399-15759-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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February 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: A Good American (Basic)
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 1-4104-4628-X / 978-1-4104-4628-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 1-905490-93-3 / 978-1-905490-93-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 0-425-25317-1 / 978-0-425-25317-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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February 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Good American
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 0-241-96461-X / 978-0-241-96461-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Export
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 1-905490-92-5 / 978-1-905490-92-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fig Tree
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February 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 0-399-15851-0 / 978-0-399-15851-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

February 2012 : USA Audio CD
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 1-61176-038-0 / 978-1-61176-038-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: A Good American
Author(s): Alex George
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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