Marion and Barnaby Pierce are an American couple who are about to sell the New England house in which they have raised what seems to be a happy family. They are leaving on a trip across America in a vintage jaguar which Barnaby intends to give his son who is getting married in Los Angeles. Their long drive from coast to coast is planned to include a number of stops: the first to deposit their dog with Marion's pious, bitter sister in upstate New York.

At every stop there are memories and surprises as Barnaby and Marion live and re-live their secret dramas and, in the allusive, edgy dialogues of a long-married couple, reveal more about themselves than they care to confess. In Minneapolis, they find that their daughter, Stacey, is pregnant by one man and living with another; in Chicago, Barnaby's old writing partner, now a millionaire businessman, is unwisely lured into an old vaudeville routine; in Seattle, a meeting with a newspaper editor who once loved Marion re-opens old wounds; and in Los Angeles, their other daughter, Zara, who now calls herself Zenobia, turns out to be a shockingly unsociable member of her brother's wedding.


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April 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Coast to Coast
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
ISBN: 0-945774-42-7 / 978-0-945774-42-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Catbird Press
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May 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Coast To Coast
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
ISBN: 0-7528-0456-1 / 978-0-7528-0456-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coast to Coast (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
ISBN: 1-4482-1364-9 / 978-1-4482-1364-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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May 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coast To Coast
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
ISBN: 0-7538-0729-7 / 978-0-7538-0729-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Coast to Coast (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Frederic Raphael
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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