THE INHABITED WORLD (2006)
New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 2006. Evan Molloy — a son, husband, and stepfather — fatally shot himself but doesn’t know why. He is stuck in a state of purgatory in the house in Washington State where he lived and died. The woman who now lives there, Maureen Keniston, is in her late thirties and is trying to restart her life after breaking off a long affair with a married man. The novel deftly moves back and forth between the story of Evan’s troubled life and Maureen’s efforts to emerge from her own purgatory. In watching Maureen’s struggles and ultimate triumph, Evan comes to see his own life and death in a completely new way.
Part psychological drama, part absorbing mystery, The Inhabited World paints a stirring portrait of a man caught between this world and the next and a woman who unwittingly offers him a sort of redemption he never could have predicted.
Rights: Houghton Mifflin, North America; Novo Conceito, Brazil
THE DAUGHTERS OF SIMON LAMOREAUX (Scribner: 2000, World English)
THE FALLING BOY (Scribner: 1997)
BLUE SPRUCE (Scribner: 1996, World English)
David is the recipient of an Academy of Arts and Letters Award and O’Henry Prizes, and has been recently published in The New Yorker, with stories forthcoming from Granta and Tin House.