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A Fraction of the Whole Paperback – Sep 23 2008

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada; Reprint edition (Sept. 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385665555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385665551
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This misanthropic, laugh-out-loud funny novel tells the story of a brilliant, eccentric and star-crossed outsider and his son in contemporary Australia. With its chance encounters, mysterious criminals, malevolent townspeople, attacks of mental illness and mad schemes for civic and national improvement, A Fraction of the Whole is not so much a shaggy dog story as a woolly mammoth story." Winnipeg Free Press

"A rich father-and-son story packed with incident, humour, and characters reminiscent of John Irving.... A Fraction of the Whole soars like a rocket." Los Angeles Times

"A riotously funny first novel...harder to ignore than a crate of puppies, twice as playful, and just about as messy." The Wall Street Journal

"Rollicking.... Laugh-out-loud funny." Entertainment Weekly

"Witty and intellectual, a physical comedy and literary rant all at once.... Comically dark and inviting." Esquire

About the Author

Steve Toltz was born in Sydney and has lived in Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Barcelona, and Paris, working as a cameraman, telemarketer, security guard, private investigator, English teacher, and screenwriter. A Fraction of the Whole is his first novel.

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