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The Friends of Freeland

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In this roomy, bawdy, exuberantly comic novel, Brad Leithauser takes us to an imaginary island-country, Freeland, during a crucial election year.

Freeland occupies its own place in the North Atlantic, somewhere between Iceland and Greenland. A geological miracle, it is desolate ("What green is to Ireland, gray is to Freeland") -- and inspiring.

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Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 8th 1998 by Vintage (first published 1997)
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Sharon Wilbur
Definitely a different sort of author who creates a novel about a place, about a community, about struggles, families, tragedy, and more. I gotta say, I enjoyed his humor, his characters, their stories, and the fight against change. It was fun.
I’m going to go out on a limb and call this the best book you’ve never heard of. An amazingly rich novel of aging, friendship, and maleness, though such a list does no credit to such a dense text. The publicity material chooses to focus on the political satire angle, which is completely misleading. It is a slow, complex, and thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Leithauser is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked for three years as a research fellow at the Kyoto Comparative Law Center in Japan. Leithauser has lived in Japan, Italy, England, Iceland, and France. His wife, the poet Mary Jo Salter, is also a professor at Mount Holyoke. As of January, 2007, both Leithauser and his wife will have permanently joined the faculty of John ...more
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