A Novel

Book - 2011
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Xavier Ireland is the assumed name of a radio-show host with a devoted following of listeners riveted by the sleepless loners who call in throughout the night to seek his advice. Off the air, he leads a low-key life of avoiding his neighbors, playing Scrabble, and maintaining an awkward friendship with his cohost, Murray. But his life begins to change when he meets a cleaning lady named Pippa, who becomes a constant, surprisingly necessary presence in his life as he starts facing up to his past and discovering solace and redemption in the most unexpected places. British comedian Mark Watson's North American debut humorously and poignantly explores life and death, strangers and friends, heartache and comfort, and whether the choices we don't make affect us just as powerfully as the ones we do.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781451606782
Branch Call Number: FICTION Watson
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 11 : a novel


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smc01 Aug 15, 2011

The premise of this book drew me to it: "One moment, eleven lives, endless consequences." The fact that it's written by one of Britain's most successful stand-up comedians is also intriguing. He's a fine writer - his characters, especially the main character, Xavier, are endearing and likable. The sequence of events set off by his decision to intervene or not when he witnesses violence is compelling and believable. The love story is also a joy to read.


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