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White Elephant

White Elephant
  

A turf war between neighbors leads to a small-town crisis in this hilarious, addictive, and sharply observant debut novel The White Elephant looms large over the quaint suburban town of Willard Park: a gaudy, newly constructed behemoth of a home, it soars over the neighborhood, d... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780062888303
Barcode 9780062888303
Published 26 April 2019 by Newbury House Publishers,U.S.
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
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Author(s) By Langsdorf, Julie
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ISBN-13 9780062888303
ISBN-10 0062888307
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Newbury House Publishers,U.S.
Imprint Newbury House Publishers,U.S.
Publication Date 26 April 2019
International Publication Date 26 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Langsdorf, Julie
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 226mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 363g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A turf war between neighbors leads to a small-town crisis in this hilarious, addictive, and sharply observant debut novel The White Elephant looms large over the quaint suburban town of Willard Park: a gaudy, newly constructed behemoth of a home, it soars over the neighborhood, dwarfing the houses that surround it. When owner Nick Cox cuts down Allison and Ted Millers' precious red maple--in an effort to make his unsightly property more appealing to buyers--their once serene town becomes a battleground. While tensions between Ted and Nick escalate, other dysfunctions abound: Allison finds herself compulsively drawn to the man who is threatening to upend her quietly organized life. A lawyer with a pot habit and a serious midlife crisis skirts his responsibilities. And in a quest for popularity, a teenage girl gets caught up in a not-so-harmless prank. Newcomers and longtime residents alike begin to clash in conflicting pursuits of the American Dream, with trees mysteriously uprooted, fires set, fingers pointed, and lines drawn. White Elephant is an uproarious, tangled-web tale of neighbor hating neighbor (and neighbor falling head over heels for neighbor). Soon, peaceful Willard Park becomes a tinderbox with nowhere to go but up in flames.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A smart, riveting look at what happens to a community when competing visions of the American Dream collide and combust. Langsdorf is a keen observer of human frailty and desire and her characters are darkly funny, recognizably exasperating and deeply memorable. --Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

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Author's Bio

Julie Langsdorf's short stories and essays have appeared in Lit Hub and Electric Literature among other publications. She has two children and lives in Washington, D.C.

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