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David Guterson is the author of the novels "East of the Mountains, The Other, Our Lady of the Forest," " "and "Snow Falling on Cedars, "which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as a story collection, "The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, "and "Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense. "He lives in Washington State.
"Guterson . . . retells one of the oldest stories we know in a way that makes you hang on every twist and turn. You know where you're going, but the trip is such a literary sightseer's delight that you still enjoy every minute of it. . . . Even as you know your final destination, the route Guterson uses will keep you entertained the whole way. The way he makes Ed-ipus finally see, peeling the layers back one at a time, is ingenious. Guterson is one of America's most talented novelists. This time, he has taken on a daunting task and succeeded. . . . ["Ed King"]""should add to Guterson's already glittering reputation."--Howard Owen, "Fredericksburg.com" "Sweeping. . . "Ed King, "a reimagination of Sophocles'" 'Oedipus Rex, ' "the Greek tale of patricide and incest, is grounded in spot-on morality tales of exceedingly normal people who are doing their best to struggle through their middle- and upper-middle-class existence. . . . We meet the characters of "Ed King "in ensemble fashion. While their stories--and the bonds that connect them--are the stuff of sometimes far-fetched fiction, their personalities and behavior are all too believable. These are people more or less just like us. . . . Guterson clearly has made his bet on nature, not nurture. What's bred in the bone guides each character in this well-told tale. [Guterson's] portraits of humanity are real, and exceedingly enjoyable to read."--Adam Lashinsky, "The San Francisco Chronicle " "It takes a lot of nerve and perhaps a special brand of madness to take on the classics, and it doesn't get more classic than the ancient Greek tragedies . . . especially when the play in question happens to be Sophocles' magnum opus Oedipus the King. Yet with his latest novel, "Ed King," author David Guterson does what many might consider the unthinkable: brings Oedipus into the modern age. . . . It would be a shame to ruin all the twists and turns that Oedipus/Ed--who in Guterson's version becomes a celeb