A Few Corrections

A Few Corrections

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
As the narrator corrects the errors he discovers in the obituary of Wesley Sultan, a respectable, unexceptional, civic-minded Midwestern businessman, he discovers that Wesley led a far more complex life than he presented to the world.

Blackwell North Amer
This novel opens with a newspaper obituary. The deceased is Wesley Sultan, a respectable, unexceptional, civic-minded mid-western businessman. But the novel's first sentence hints of mysterious revelations to come: "There are at least a dozen errors here."
Step by step, the book's narrator - himself mysterious - sets about correcting the errors, investigating the deceptive but appealing Wesley Sultan by way of the lives he touched and often manipulated: his wives, his siblings, his girlfriends, his children. Each chapter reprints the obituary but each time with a new handwritten amendment - correction piling upon correction until the original has been effectively demolished. It seems that businessman Wesley - handsome, dapper, flirtatious, and ambitious - lived a far more tangled and ambiguous life than the one he presented to the world.
A Few Corrections is both a psychological detective story and an epitaph for a vanishing figure - the gallant, sports-car-driving local Romeo who flourished in midcentury throughout small-town America. Written with humor and lyrical dash, it is also a compelling novel that explores its subject with wit and a flowering tenderness.

Baker
& Taylor

As the narrator sets out to correct the errors he discovers in the obituary of Wesley Sultan, a respectable, unexceptional, civic-minded Midwestern businessman, he discovers that Wesley had led a far more complex, tangled, and ambiguous life than he had presented to the world. By the author of The Friends of Freeland. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375411496
0375411496
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm

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