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Pleasantville Paperback – 27 Apr 2016

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Serpents Tail; Main edition (27 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668949X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846689499
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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It's a fascinatingly complex setting and Locke maps it with great skill, charting the struggles of her characters as the crime remains unsolved ... a smart legal thriller about how far people will go to gain power, and keep it. -- Jeff Noon * Spectator * Genuinely unnerving ... subtle, complex questions of identity, family and history * Daily Mail * This is a cinematic, panoramic view of African-American life, but it is also a sharp, tender account of Jay Porter's inner struggle ... brilliant. -- Isabel Berwick * FT * In her first three novels, Locke has explored cultural history since the days of slavery. A future book will surely deal with race in the Obama and post-Obama era. That could be her best story yet - which, on the evidence of those she has already written, is saying something. -- Mark Lawson * Guardian * An excellent thriller on one level, Locke's novel offers a beautifully detailed character in "Jay Edgar Porter", a bereaved father struggling to cope with his loss. The story also has a fascinating political angle in the dirty-tricks campaign, aimed at disrupting the power of the black voting bloc and prefigures the Rove-Bush strategy in the 2000 presidential election. All told, it's gripping blend of the personal and the political. - , -- Declan Burke * Irish Times * As convincing as it is enthralling -- Boyd Hilton * Heat * To say that Locke's debut, Black Water Rising - ambitious, socially committed and beautifully written - created a stir is almost to understate the case, and one wonders if it weighed heavily on her shoulders that she would be obliged to deliver something equally impressive as a follow-up. She did just that with The Cutting Season and now we have Pleasantville ... Pleasantville is every inch as impressive as its predecessors, with a new nuance and complexity burnishing the narrative ... the next time you find yourself in the company of a crime reviewer, don't bother asking who you should be reading. You know the answer: Attica Locke. -- Barry Forshaw * Independent * A common selling point for the sorely missed HBO series "The Wire" is that it's the closest television has ever come to feeling like a novel. Attica Locke'sPleasantville is that novel. * Washington Independent Review of Books * In Pleasantville, Attica Locke returns to Jay Porter, the black lawyer hero of her magnificent first novel, Black Water Rising. This one is just as good. -- Marcel Berlins * Times * Outstanding...Locke just gets better and better as a writer. This is a grown-up, politically engaged novel as well as a moving portrait of a family upended by grief...a perfect read for election season -- Jake Kerridge * Sunday Express Magazine * Ambitious, assured and compelling * Hot Press *

About the Author

Attica Locke is a screenwriter who has written for Paramount, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, HBO and Dreamworks; she currently contributes to the hit show Empire.

Locke's first novel Black Water Rising was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her most recent book, The Cutting Season, was published in 2013. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and daughter.

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