On Sale: July 23, 2013
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Who is A. N. Dyer? & Sons is a literary
masterwork for readers of The Art of Fielding, The
Emperor’s Children, and Wonder Boys—the
panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist, two
interconnected families, and the heartbreaking truths that
fiction can hide.
The funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan’s Upper
East Side would have been a minor affair (his
two-hundred-word obit in The New York Times
notwithstanding) but for the presence of one particular
mourner: the notoriously reclusive author A. N. Dyer, whose
novel Ampersand stands as a classic of American
teenage angst. But as Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the
eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown
over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the
novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather
his three sons for the first time in many years—before it’s
So begins a wild, transformative,
heartbreaking week, as witnessed by Philip Topping, who,
like his late father, finds himself caught up in the swirl
of the Dyer family. First there’s son Richard, a struggling
screenwriter and father, returning from self-imposed exile
in California. In the middle lingers Jamie, settled in
Brooklyn after his twenty-year mission of making
documentaries about human suffering. And last is Andy, the
half brother whose mysterious birth tore the Dyers apart
seventeen years ago, now in New York on spring break,
determined to lose his virginity before returning to the
prestigious New England boarding school that inspired
Ampersand. But only when the real purpose of this
reunion comes to light do these sons realize just how much
is at stake, not only for their father but for themselves
and three generations of their family.
this daring feat of fiction, David Gilbert establishes
himself as one of our most original, entertaining, and
insightful authors. & Sons is that rarest of
treasures: a startlingly imaginative novel about families
and how they define us, and the choices we make when faced
with our own mortality.
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