Heroic Measures (eBook)
New York City is on high alert—a gasoline truck is “stuck” in the Midtown tunnel and the driver has fled. Through panic and gridlock, Alex and Ruth must transport their beloved old dachshund—whose back legs are suddenly paralyzed—to the animal hospital, using a cutting board as a stretcher. But this is also the weekend when Alex and Ruth must sell the apartment in which they have lived for most of their adult lives. Over the course of forty-eight hours, as the mystery of the missing truck driver terrorizes the city and the dachshund’s life hangs in the balance, the bidding war over their apartment becomes a barometer for collective hope and despair. Told in shifting points of view—Alex’s, Ruth’s, and the little dog’s—Heroic Measures is a moving, deft novel about urban anxiety and the love that deepens over years.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
JILL CIMENT was born in Montreal, Canada. She is the author of three novels, The Tattoo Artist, Teeth of the Dog, and The Law of Falling Bodies; a collection of short stories, Small Claims; and a memoir, Half a Life. Ciment is a professor of English at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Praise for Heroic Measures…
“A brave, generous, nearly perfect novel. . .”
–Los Angeles Times
“A testament to Ciment’s lauded writing style. . . Heroic Measures will delight eager fans awaiting Ciment’s next work.”
–The Daily Beast
“It all sounds so ordinary–dogs get sick; people want to move–yet in Ms. Ciment’s delicate hands, these characters become heroic in their small ways.”
–Wall Street Journal (one of WSJ’s summer reading picks)
“A wry, gentle gem of a novel. . . a lovely read.”
–Christian Science Monitor
"Read Jill Ciment’s Heroic Measures for its painterly depictions of a rattled city, its deliciously biting satire of media and real estate madness, its tender knowledge of the creaturely ties that bind."
“Gripping. . . Ciment plays the veterinary, real estate and domestic details like elements of a thriller plot, while the couple’s love for their dog provides heartrending texture—literature with a commercial cross over.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred)
Praise for Jill Ciment's THE TATTOO ARTIST
“The Tattoo Artist was a fever dream from which I did not wish to wake. This is a beautifully written novel. Ciment transported me to another world where both art and dignity matter. Fantastic!”
–Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
“Ciment’s new novel, like her previous books, is beautifully written and reaches even beyond them as a stunning work of the imagination. I read The Tattoo Artist on one long plane ride, totally immersed and fascinated.”
–Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States
“Elegant, powerful and, ultimately, tragic… Stunning.”
“A highly original suspense novel… A heart-seizing narrative…Breathtaking–not a word is out of place.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“An ingenious and provocative image… Rich and strange.”
–Los Angeles Times
–O, The Oprah Magazine
“Start to finish, The Tattoo Artist is rich in Ciment’s trademark wit, intelligence, and gorgeous prose. I shall not soon forget this story.”
–Lynn Freed, author of The Curse of the Appropriate Man