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John Casey
John Casey

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John Casey was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. His novel Spartina won the National Book Award in 1989. He lives with his wife in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is a professor of English literature at the University of Virginia.

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You're an Animal, Viskovitz

Written by Alessandro Boffa
Translated by John Casey


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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You're an Animal, Viskovitz

Written by Alessandro Boffa
Translated by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 17, 2003
Price: $14.00

In this wickedly hilarious collection of fables, Alessandro Boffa introduces us to Viskovitz and his never-ending search for his true love, Ljuba. As he changes from a lovelorn lion to a jealous finch, from a confused dung beetle to an enlightened police dog, Viskovitz embraces his metamorphoses with wry humor and... Read more >
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Compass Rose

Written by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.00

A Providence Journal Best Book of the Year
A Seattle Times Best Book of the Year

John Casey follows up his National Book Award-winning novel Spartina with an extraordinary return to the marshes of Rhode Island’s South County.

Elsie Buttrick, the prodigal daughter of Sawtooth Point, has just given birth to Rose... Read more >
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Compass Rose

Written by John Casey


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Half-life of Happiness

Written by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 1999
Price: $15.00

In The Half-life of Happiness, National Book Award winner John Casey brings us the meltdown of a marriage set against the backdrop of a gloriously awful congressional campaign.  Charlottesville, Virginia, 1978: Mike is a successful forty-something lawyer, a onetime congressional staffer who's had it with Washington; Joss, his wife, is a filmmaker... Read more >

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Room for Improvement
A Life in Sport
Written by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.00

PEN/ESPN Award Finalist

Spanning more than fifty years of ambitious and wild endeavors, Room for Improvement chronicles John Casey's most peculiar addiction, that of an adrenaline junky. Here we see Casey taking part in an Outward Bound course in Maine during the dead of winter; being pinned by a two-hundred-pound judo instructor... Read more >
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Room for Improvement
A Life in Sport
Written by John Casey


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Spartina

Written by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $15.00

Winner of the 1989 National Book Award

A classic tale of a man, a boat, and a storm, Spartina is the lyrical and compassionate story of Dick Pierce, a commercial fisherman along the shores of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.  A kind, sensitive, family man, he is also prone to irascible outbursts against the... Read more >

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Testimony and Demeanor

Written by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 13, 2005
Price: $13.95

A young intellectual is called into active duty and receives a rude awakening to the realities of military service. An Ivy League graduate is pressed casually into Intelligence work and encounters himself mirrored in his new-found friend—a Russian spy. An arrogant professor finds himself unable to resist the unschooled energy of... Read more >
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