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Aurora 7

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Thomas Mallon's acclaimed novel vividly tells the story of a day in May-May 24, 1962. While Scott Carpenter orbits the earth in his Aurora 7 capsule, the lives of a host of characters seem interwoven on the ground below: everyone from a convicted child killer to a famous novelist, a New York cabdriver, a sexually conflicted priest, and a British housewife about to give bir ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 19th 2001 by Mariner Books (first published 1991)
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One of favorite historical fiction books, and probably Mallon's best. First, it is "near history" - always difficult because of memory. Secondly it is child-centered in a brilliant way. Third, unlike Stephen King, Mallon knows how to edit himself, how to keep the story on track, how to evoke the time without weighing the tale down with ponderous details.
A day in the life of America on May 24, 1962, when Malcolm Scott Carpenter became the second U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth. An interesting cast of characters, including a space-obsessed 11-year-old boy. Great period detail. Didn't realize that Carpenter was "lost" upon re-entry and that the mission came close to having a tragic ending.
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Thomas Mallon is a novelist, critic and director of the creative writing program at The George Washington University.

He attended Brown University as an undergraduate and earned a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He received the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award in 1994 and won a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1987. Mallon taught English at Vassar College from 1979-1991.

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