"Returning to fiction for the first time in almost twenty years, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jonathan Raban crafts a devastating novel set in Seattle at the crest of the dot-com boom. Waxwings is the story of two immigrants. Tom Janeway is a bookish Englishman who makes his living observing American mores even as he ignores the fraying of his marriage. ""Chick"" is a frenetically industrious illegal alien from China who makes his living any way he can. Through a series of extraordinary but icily plausible events, the paths of these newcomers converge. Meanwhile Seattle is troubled by rioting anarchists, vanishing children, and an inrush of wealth that strains its recipients' ability to spend it. Savage and tender, visionary and addictively entertaining, the result is a major achievement."
New York :, Pantheon Books :, Distributed by Random House,, c2003
1st American ed
281 p. ;,25 cm
Originally published in Great Britain: London : Picador, 2003
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