New World Monkeys

New World Monkeys

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Duncan and Lily, young and adrift in a prickly marriage and lackluster careers, flee Manhattan for the peaceful allure of a recently inherited crumbling Victorian home. But the two are left with little time to ponder the traditional "he said, she said" failings of a relationship: On an upstate road miles shy of their house, a wild boar leaps to his death in front of their Saab--an accident whose consequences will haunt them throughout the summer. That was no ordinary hog. Lily and Duncan arrive in the eccentric town of Osterhagen to discover the boar had a name: The Sovereign of the Deep Wood. That it was the town mascot. And, as the hapless urbanites are coerced into the vortex of tea socials, cannon fire, and communal history, they realize that the residents of the bizarre hamlet intend to seek justice for their fallen hero.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780307461414
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,25 cm.


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Dec 15, 2009

I can't go so far as to say this was awful, but I would say I wish I hadn't read it. It had some entertainment value however I found both of the main characters - and pretty much all the supporting ones as well - abhorrent and despicable. Petty and self-centered, you really just couldn't root for anyone and I just didn't care what happened to any of them. Worse still, I'm not really sure what the overriding message was supposed to be. Considering how awful Duncan and Lily are, I'm not sure I'd want to take any lessons away from their literary experience!

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