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By Joseph McElroy

"Move over, Pynchon—the 83-year-old Joseph McElroy is as creative as ever, and this time he's taking at the Iraq War." —Tom LeClair, The day-by-day Beast

"Since 1966, McElroy's novels have astonished and thrilled by means of their really good wit, intelligence, and style."—Washington publish booklet World

"McElroy is rightly in comparison with Gaddis and Pynchon."—Harper's Magazine

Written in a voice of ardour, caution, and awakening, Joseph McElroy's 9th novel, Cannonball, takes us to struggle we by no means understood and feature part forgotten upheld via an unearthed new testomony and framed via the yank aggressive psyche; but continually again to a California kinfolk, a daring intimacy among brother and sister, and a narrative of 2 springboard divers and their diversified fates.

Joseph McElroy is the recipient of the Award in Literature from the yank Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ingram Merrill foundations, in addition to the NEA. He lives in manhattan City.

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