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The House of Special Purpose

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The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne
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Apr 02, 2013 | ISBN 9781590515983

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“John Boyne brings a completely fresh eye to the most important stories…He is one of the great craftsmen in contemporary literature.” —Colum McCann, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Let the Great World Spin 
 
“John Boyne’s novel is a tour de force, at once epic and intimate, and above all a marvelous read.” —John Banville, Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea 
 
“Boyne writes with consummate ease and is particularly good at drawing the indecently rich world of the pre-revolutionary Romanovs.” —The Independent (UK) 
 
“John Boyne’s haunting novel travels to the heart of the Russian empire.” —BBC 
 
The House of Special Purpose translates big issues of political change into more intimate, human terms.” —The Times (UK) 
 
“Boyne re-creates both Georgy’s personal life and the life of pre-Revolutionary Russia with astonishing density and power.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 
 
“Boyne skillfully evokes the wrenching pain of loss and exile while presenting a tribute to enduring love.” —Booklist 
 
“A thrilling historical novel rooted in the Russian revolution and the end of Romanov czars.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune 
 
“In this richly textured, audaciously imagined alternate history, John Boyne chronicles a long and complex marriage forged out of the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Georgy and Zoya are a memorable pair of lovers, and as this ingeniously structured narrative takes us deeper and deeper into their shared past, our understanding of their unremarkable present is increasingly colored by the extraordinary secrets, regrets, and guilt they carry within them.” —Paul Russell, author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov

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