Heroic MeasuresBook - 2009
From the author ofThe Tattoo Artist("Beautifully written"--Alice Sebold; "Boldly conceived"--The New York Times Book Review), a new novel--taut, moving, accomplished--set in a fraught, post-9/11 New York City on panic-alert. A gasoline tanker truck is "stuck" in the Midtown Tunnel. New Yorkers are panicked . . . Is this the next big attack? The streets of Manhattan are welded solid with traffic. Meanwhile, Alex, an artist, and Ruth must get their beloved dachshund, whose back legs have suddenly become paralyzed, to the animal hospital sixty blocks north. This is also the weekend that Alex and Ruth must sell their apartment. While house hunters traipse through their home during their open house, husband and wife wait by the phone to hear from the animal hospital. During the course of forty-eight hours, as the missing driver of the gasoline truck terrorizes the city, the price of their apartment becomes a barometer for collective hope and despair, while the real estate market spikes and troughs with every breaking news story. In shifting points of view--Alex's, Ruth's, and the little dog's--man, woman, and one small tenacious beast try to make sense of the cacophony of rumors, opinions, and innuendos coming from news anchors, cable TV pundits, pollsters, bomb experts, hostages, witnesses, real estate agents, house hunters, bargain seekers, howling dogs, veterinarians, nurses, and cab drivers. A moving, deftly told novel of ultrahigh-urban anxiety. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2009.
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 21 cm.