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Bowlaway

(2019)
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A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley.

From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the 20th century - nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and 15 pounds of gold on her person - Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford's most defining landmark - with Bertha its most notable resident.

When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon, it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha's defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills.

In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of 20th-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family's myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Elizabeth McCracken is one of my favorite writers...I've read everything she's written...and there's nothing I haven't liked and admired enormously." - Nick Hornby


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bowlaway
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 0-224-08711-8 / 978-0-224-08711-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 0-06-286285-5 / 978-0-06-286285-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Bowlaway
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 0-09-952694-8 / 978-0-09-952694-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 0-06-286286-3 / 978-0-06-286286-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bowlaway
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 1-78733-169-5 / 978-1-78733-169-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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February 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 0-06-288827-7 / 978-0-06-288827-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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Audio Editions

February 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 1-982606-91-6 / 978-1-982606-91-6
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio
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February 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Bowlaway: Library Edition
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 1-982606-90-8 / 978-1-982606-90-9
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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February 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
ISBN: 1-982606-92-4 / 978-1-982606-92-3
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bowlaway
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


February 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bowlaway: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA