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Cost (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

When Julia Lambert, a painter and art professor, settles into her old Maine farmhouse for the summer, she plans to spend the time tending her fragile relationships with her father, an authoritarian neuro-surgeon, and her gentle-hearted mother, who is quietly losing her memory. Into their insular world a shattering revelation intrudes: Julia learns that her twenty-two-year-old son, Jack, has spiraled into heroin addiction.

In an attempt to save him, Julia marshals help from her loose-knit clan: elderly parents, remarried ex-husband, distant sister, and conflicted elder son. Ultimately, heroin courses through the characters' lives with an impersonal and devastating energy, sweeping Jack into the exhilarating self-destruction of drug addiction and drawing the family into a world in which deceit, crime, and fear are parts of daily life.

Original title: Cost
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: Cost

Cost (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Cost approaches the subject of drugs' impact from an original and very significant angle. This book shows the extent of Robinson's insights into the whirl, the generational ironies at work, and the desperate indulgences to which we turn in our confusion. Cost is an important, timely book that furthers insight into our present fortunes and dilemmas." Robert Stone, author of Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties
  • "Cost is a searing portrait of the havoc wreaked upon a family by one member's drug addiction. Roxana Robinson's vivid, sensuous prose moves effortlessly among relationships and points of view, evoking a brutal war between familial love, in its infinite power and mystery, and the mechanical devastations of pathology." Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep
  • "With passion, feeling, and a keen eye for detail, Roxana Robinson brings vividly to life a family and a family tragedy, showing us how, like a luminous yet ominous landscape, their tangible visible world can coincide with the invisible tumultuous world of their emotions." Lily Tuck, author of The News from Paraguay
  • "Cost is stunning. Each of the characters is so perfectly realized, each is made known to us with such heart and intelligence. This is a very big book; the territory of family is more fragile and dangerous than any geography we know, and Roxana Robinson has made life of that. I loved, admired, and was frankly undone by every minute of it." Susan Richards Shreve, author of A Student of Living Things
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Cost (June 10, 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 9780374171879
Dimensions: 9.25 x 6.37 x 1.36
Pages: 420

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