A Disorder Peculiar to the Country : A Novel, Paperback Book

A Disorder Peculiar to the Country : A Novel Paperback

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To each other's regret, both Marshall and Joyce survived 9/11.

But it looks unlikely that they will survive the apparently endless war of their divorce.

Both refuse to move out of the apartment, on their lawyers' orders, and neither is above using the children as footsoldiers in their battle.

They will use any psychological weapon that comes to hand - sex; money; friends; relations - to gain an advantage that might prove decisive.

As the months pass the domestic skirmishes begin to echo the international.

In both theatres of war, events are becoming crazier, but people tend to break before nations do.

Ken Kalfus's new novel is a brilliantly insightful and compelling portrait of what our modern state of perpetual war does on the home front.




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The idea of this book was really good: we see a married couple in a bad divorce, with 9/11 in the background. However, for me the divorce and 9/11 stayed two separate story lines, both of which were not executed very well. The fighting is at times ridiculous, and makes the husband and wife unsympathetic, because they completely ignore their kids in this. You can feal some of the despair of 9/11, but that is overshadowed by the divorce. All in all, it would have been better if there was more focus on one thing in this book.

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