By Jesse Ball
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A strong and relocating new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed writer: within the wake of a devastating revelation, a father and son trip north throughout a tapestry of towns
When a widower gets become aware of from a physician that he doesn’t have lengthy left to reside, he's struck through the query of who will take care of his grownup son—a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. without recourse in brain, and with a wish to see the rustic on one final journey, the guy indicators up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau and leaves city along with his son.
Traveling into the rustic, via cities named merely through ascending letters of the alphabet, the fellow and his son come across quite a lot of human adventure. whereas a few townspeople welcome them into their houses, others who endure the actual model of previous censuses on their ribs are cautious in their presence. after they press towards the perimeters of civilization, the panorama grows wilder, and the cities develop farther aside and extra blighted by way of business decay. As they procedure “Z,” the guy needs to confront a sequence of questions: what's the objective of the census? Is he complicit in its project? And simply how will he learn how to say goodbye to his son?
Mysterious and evocative, Census is a unique approximately loose will, grief, the facility of reminiscence, and the ferocity of parental love, from one among our so much alluring younger writers.
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Census by Jesse Ball