Echo House

Echo House

Book - 1997
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Here is Just's masterpiece - an epic chronicle of three generations of Washington power brokers and the womenfolk who loved them (except when they didn't). The Washington Post described this book as "a fascinating if ultimately painful fairy tale, complete with a family curse. The decline of the Behls represents the decline of Washington from the bright dawn of the American century into the gathering shadows of an alien new millennium."
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
ISBN: 9780395856970
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Apr 17, 2017

Reviewers for Ward Just’s last book ‘The Eastern Shore’ mention that ‘Echo House’ is considered his masterpiece, nominated as a National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (1997). It’s a political saga of three generations of Behl family, Washington insiders, who occupy Echo House in Washington, DC, in a timespan covering several decades of the 20th century.

Sumptuous prose, wonderful characterizations, low on plot, which I’m beginning to assume is his style. Third book of his for me. Certainly good political reading.

Jul 11, 2013

Just could not get involved in this book or interested in any of the characters. Writing too dense.


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