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One D.O.A., One on the Way

A Novel

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February 9, 2010 | Paperback |  5.2 x 7.5, 176 Pages | ISBN 9781582435619
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"Mary Robison’s work has always felt like a glorious amenity, but One D.O.A., One On the Way is a powerful necessity.” —New York Times

Enter Eve. Based in New Orleans, she’s a location scout for a movie production company and complacently married to Adam. “Now you know,” she says. “Our names really didn’t bother me that much until the mail started arriving addressed to ‘Adam and Eve Broussard.'” He’s just been diagnosed with a grave illness and gone back to the palatial family home where his parents reside. It’s all just fine with Eve — or so she tells herself at the beginning.

But standing left of center in this still-prosperous but mortally wounded family does not get easier as the weeks wear on. As she negotiates her way around the anger of Adam’s despised twin brother Saunders, maintains her friendship with his beautiful and volatile wife Petal, and protects what’s left of the innocence of her niece Collie, Eve finds more than the Louisiana heat oppressive.

Effortlessly smart and deliriously unpredictable, One D.O.A., One On the Way will keep you guessing until the last page.

About Mary Robison

MARY ROBISON is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Praise

“Robison’s minimalism is more like a slap in the face: it’s short, it stings, and you wonder who in tarnation did that to you… One D.O.A., One on the Way has all the razored style and zigzag tone one expects, but also a new connection to a bigger world, in which all of our circumstances are as desperate and hilarious as her characters’… Mary Robison’s work has always felt like a glorious amenity, but One D.O.A., One On the Way is a powerful necessity.” —New York Times

“Robison could work for a food or drug packager: she squeezes dire warnings into tiny spaces… [One D.O.A., One on the Way] can be read in half an afternoon, leaving plenty of room for afterthoughts about Robison’s funny and heartbreaking conversations.” —The New Yorker

“Mary Robison is a woman of few words. But what powerful words they are… Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award-winner Robison’s searing novella is rendered in edgy vignettes… Robison is a master at delivering dark scenarios with mordant wit. One D.O.A., One on the Way is an impressive addition to her ouvre, by turns horrifying, comic, shocking, and wise.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

“Robison’s spare, hilarious dialogue and collection of fragmented images, moments and excerpts call on readers to fill in blanks and to organize what looks at first glance like chaos glimpsed from a moving car… a vivid, witty ride.” —Kirkus

“Robison eloquently reveals the dissolution of a family… The southern novel’s bread and butter are rich descriptions, thick as humidity and Spanish moss.” —Booklist

“With a laconic voice and a despairing sense of humor, film location scout Eve Broussard narrates award-winning Robison’s grim yet witty novella about the dissoulution of a family and a city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina… Robison’s narrative is jumpy but effective, interspersed with and informed by startling statistics.” —Publishers Weekly

“[Robison is] a smart, brittle novelist… [capturing] in swift, acute sentences the comic hostilities of in-law relations, or the difficulties of caring for the chronically ill… With her lists, one-liners, and bullet points, she is a kind of bard of America’s most popular suburban affliction, attention deficit disorder.” —Times Literary Supplement

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