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Sparta

(2013)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book (nominee)
''Sparta made young boys into warriors; it was left to the warriors to restore themselves to men . . .''

Conrad Farrell's family has no military heritage, but as a classics major at Williams, he saw the sturdy appeal of the Marine ethic: Semper fidelis came straight from the ancient world, from Sparta, where every citizen doubled as a full-time soldier. When Conrad joined the Marines after college, he expected to further a long tradition of honor, courage, and commitment.

Now Conrad has just returned home to Westchester after four years in Iraq, and something is very wrong. Everything should be fine - he hasn't been shot or wounded by an IED, and he's never had psychological troubles - but as he attempts to reconnect with his girlfriend and find his footing in the civilian world, he has an impossible time adjusting to the people and places he used to love and to a commonplace life of hotel reservations, dinner conversation, long showers, and alone time. As the weeks turn into months, Conrad's bitterness only festers, and he begins to fear that his rage, when it comes out, will have irreparable consequences.

Suspenseful and perceptive, Sparta captures the nuances of the unique estrangement that modern soldiers face as they attempt to rejoin the society they've fought for. With the powerful insight and acuity that marked Cost and her earlier novels, Robinson has delivered her best book yet.

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June 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sparta: A Novel
Author(s): Roxana Robinson
ISBN: 0-374-26770-7 / 978-0-374-26770-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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June 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sparta: A Novel
Author(s): Roxana Robinson
ISBN: 1-250-05017-0 / 978-1-250-05017-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sparta
Author(s): Roxana Robinson
ISBN: 1-4829-2370-X / 978-1-4829-2370-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sparta (Library Edition)
Author(s): Roxana Robinson
ISBN: 1-4829-2369-6 / 978-1-4829-2369-8 (USA edition)
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June 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Sparta
Author(s): Roxana Robinson
ISBN: 1-4829-2372-6 / 978-1-4829-2372-8 (USA edition)
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June 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sparta
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June 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sparta
Author(s): Roxana Robinson
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June 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sparta: A Novel
Author(s): Roxana Robinson
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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