Census A Novel

By: Ball, Jesse

Price: $72.00

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Book Condition: As new


272pp. 8vo. Hardcover in custom slipcase designed for the Powell's Indiespensable series, this being #72 in the series. Signed by author, book is unread, unmarked, unclipped, tight, and bright in said slipcase which is still under shrinkwrap. A 20-page interview booklet accompanies the featured book, as well as a promotion copy of Deborah Eisenberg's "Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories."


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NAMED A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2018 BY

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A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in the wake of a devastating revelation, a father and son journey north across a tapestry of towns

When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn't have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son--a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no recourse in mind, and with a desire to see the country on one last trip, the man signs up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau and leaves town with his son.


Traveling into the country, through towns named only by ascending letters of the alphabet, the man and his son encounter a wide range of human experience. While some townspeople welcome them into their homes, others who bear the physical brand of past censuses on their ribs are wary of their presence. When they press toward the edges of civilization, the landscape grows wilder, and the towns grow farther apart and more blighted by industrial decay. As they approach "Z," the man must confront a series of questions: What is the purpose of the census? Is he complicit in its mission? And just how will he learn to say good-bye to his son?

Mysterious and evocative, Census is a novel about free will, grief, the power of memory, and the ferocity of parental love, from one of our most captivating young writers.

Title: Census A Novel

Author Name: Ball, Jesse

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Ecco: 2018

ISBN Number: 006267613X

ISBN Number 13: 9780062676139

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As new

Jacket Condition: as new Jacket

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 0002511