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Civil Beat Book Club Pick for December 2019!

Author: Nell Zink | Hardcover

Following an exceptional family with roots in New York, the Midwest, and D.C., Doxology is a story about the possibilities of friendship, the way life strays from our expectations over the course of time, and the fraught yet enduring ties that bind Pam, Daniel, and Joe might be the worst rock band on the Lower East Side. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by two surprising arrivals--a daughter for Pam and Daniel, and a solo hit single for Joe. As the nineties wane, the three friends share in one another's successes, working together to elevate Joe's superstardom and raise baby Flora.

On September 11, 2001, the city's unfathomable devastation coincides with a shattering personal loss for the trio. In the aftermath, Flora comes of age, navigating a charged political landscape and discovering a love of the natural world. Joining the ranks of those fighting for ecological conservation, Flora works to bridge the wide gap between powerful strategists and ordinary Americans, becoming entangled ever more intimately with her fellow activists along the way. And when the country faces an astonishing new threat, Flora's family will have no choice but to look to the past--both to examine wounds that have never healed and to rediscover strengths they have long forgotten.

At once an elegiac takedown of today's political climate and a touching invocation of humanity's goodness, Doxology offers daring revelations about America's past and possible future. It also showcases the full range of Nell Zink's talents, offering a sincere warmth alongside her signature sharp wit. Doxology is the most irresistible novel yet from one of the major literary voices of our time.

"Sharp, empathetic, and at once critical and hopeful, following an oddball trio from their beginnings as a terrible punk band in 1990s Lower East Side through their coming of age into a post-9/11 New York and world." --Buzzfeed

"The first truly great novel to tackle the 2016 election.... She's sharper, slyer, than ever before.... No one can write a one-liner like Zink.... [Zink] captures those doomed final days before November 8, 2016, more accurately than any breathlessly reported account from any political reporter or former campaign worker." --Paris Review

"A distinct, unflinching look at the country's past and future." --Time