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The New Republic

A new novel from Lionel Shriver the New York Times Bestselling author of We Need to Talk About Kevin

By Lionel Shriver Read by Edoardo Ballerini Fiction English, Unabridged 13h 16m Sell Sheet Also available on
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11 Audio CDs March 27, 2012 $19.99 $19.99 9781611205275 Add to Cart
							Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a homegrown terrorist movement, Edgar recognizes the disappeared larger-than-life reporter he's been sent to replace, Barrington Saddler, as exactly the outsize character he longs to emulate.  Infuriatingly, all his fellow journalists cannot stop talking about the beloved "Bear," who is no longer lighting up their work lives. Yet all is not as it appears.  Os Soldados Ousados de Barba have been blowing up the world for years to win independence for a province so dismal, backward, and windblown that you couldn't give the rat hole away.  So why, with Barrington vanished, do terrorist incidents claimed by the "SOB" suddenly dry up?

Starred review. "A wondrously fanciful plot, vividly drawn characters, clever and cynical dialogue, and a comically brilliant and verisimilar imagined land...The New Republic is simply terrific." - Booklist

"[Narrator] Ballerini's soft-spoken delivery conveys Kellogg's anxiety, distrust, and arrogance, which mark the core of this novel...colorful and imaginative...this story, though an extreme example, is made uncomfortably realistic with Ballerini's deft narration." - AudioFile

"...wildly funny, keenly nuanced about politics...and deeply cynical about journalistic practice...painfully brilliant." - Star Tribune

"Shriver is an incisive social satirist with a clear grip on the ironies of our contemporary age...wry, insightful and just over the top enough to be fun." - Los Angeles Times

"The New Republic shines...a surprisingly tender novel disguised as a clever satire delivered in polished prose..." - Philadelphia Inquirer

One of the 15 Books to Look Forward to in 2012. - The Atlantic

"Although as dark and as cynical as Kevin and So Much for That, this novel is written with a lighter touch. It's overtly satirical and downright comic...wicked plot twists..." - The Globe & Mail

"...clever plot, which twists and turns nicely...A picaresque novel about terrorism is a bold gambit, one Shriver carries off ably...delightfully dark romp..." - Macleans