This just in! Oprah’s site has “Heroic Measures” by Jill Ciment as a free download for the next 48 hours! This is part of Oprah’s 25 books of summer list, so odds are it is pretty good.
O, The Oprah Magazine says…
After a lifetime together, 70-something Alex and his wife, Ruth, are still smitten—with each other (“He has loved her for so long that he can no longer distinguish between passion and familiarity”) and with their elderly dachshund, Dorothy. About to sell their Manhattan walk-up, the couple is caught up in crisis: Their dog is suddenly paralyzed, a truck jackknifes in a tunnel, news channels click into terrorist-hype overdrive. Read Jill Ciment’s Heroic Measures (Pantheon) 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.
Expires: 10:59 a.m. ET Wednesday July 22, 2009