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John Casey

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
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2003
$14.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70483-3 (0-375-70483-3)

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

Compass Rose
Written by John Casey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70913-5 (0-375-70913-4)

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, the...

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The Half-life of Happiness
Written by John Casey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1999
$15.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70608-0 (0-375-70608-9)

"[Casey] is an astute observer of the ruses as well as the private confrontations that govern our behavior."
--The Washington Post Book World

In The Half-life of Happiness, National Book Award winner John Casey brings us a family portrait rendered with masterful precision--and unwavering compassion. On a spring afternoon in Virginia, progressive... Read more

Room for Improvement
Written by John Casey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2012
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74452-4 (0-307-74452-3)

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

Written by John Casey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1998
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70268-6 (0-375-70268-7)

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... Read more

Testimony and Demeanor
Written by John Casey
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2005
$13.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71930-1 (0-375-71930-X)

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