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& Sons by David Gilbert

The funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan’s Upper East Side would have been a minor affair (his two-hundred-word obit in The New York Times notwithstanding) but for the presence of one particular mourner: the notoriously reclusive author A. N. Dyer, whose novel Ampersand stands as a classic of American teenage angst. But as Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the eulogy for his oldest friend, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather his three sons for the first time in many years — before it’s too late.

So begins a wild, transformative, heartbreaking week, as witnessed by Philip Topping, who, like his late father, finds himself caught up in the swirl of the Dyer family. First there’s son Richard, a struggling screenwriter and father, returning from self-imposed exile in California. In the middle lingers Jamie, settled in Brooklyn after his twenty-year mission of making documentaries about human suffering. And last is Andy, the half brother whose mysterious birth tore the Dyers apart seventeen years ago, now in New York on spring break, determined to lose his virginity before returning to the prestigious New England boarding school that inspired Ampersand. But only when the real purpose of this reunion comes to light do these sons realize just how much is at stake, not only for their father but for themselves and three generations of their family.


ISBN 9780812984354, Paperback

There are currently 19 Members Wishing for this book.

1 lucky member will win a brand-new copy.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this Blog post. You must be a PaperBackSwap member in good standing to win.

We will choose 1 winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 12 noon ET, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!


Note: All the books given away on Free Book Friday are available in the PBS Market. We have thousands of new and new overstock titles available right now, with more added hourly. Some of the prices are amazing – and you can use a PBS credit to make the deal even better!

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36 Responses to “Free Book Friday!”

  1. Jay Newman says:

    First comment.

  2. Cindy Jones says:

    I love Paperback Swap! & Sons looks like a great book!

  3. Evelyn F. (bluemoon2421) says:

    I recommend Paperback Swap to all my friends who read.

  4. Lynnea W. (swtpotato) says:

    I enjoy books about books 🙂

  5. Tina B. (bookshelftreasures) says:

    Free book Fridays are great!!!!!

  6. Eta K. (busyreading) says:

    I love paperbackswap.com! This is my first time entering the Free Book Friday contest. Good luck to everyone!

  7. William W. says:

    My birthday is September 5. This book sounds really good and it would make a great birthday gift!

  8. Carol Greenberg says:

    Sounds like Salinger. Is it? I’d live to find out!

  9. Nina P. (lmntree) says:

    Would love to win this one- thanks for the chance!

  10. Desmond W. (desmond) says:

    Count me in, please!

  11. Samantha T. (sammyg) , says:

    I love free book Friday’s!

  12. MSCOZY says:

    Sounds like a rather interesting book. Good luck, everyone.

  13. Liz says:

    Have a great three day weekend!

  14. Debra says:

    I like free books.

  15. Roberta says:

    Gotta love free books.

  16. Karen A. (desert-view) says:

    Looks really interesting! Happy Reading!

  17. Claudia B says:

    I can’t say enough about Paperback Swap…I tell everyone about it….coming off of an illness and being homebound for a while…I LOVED that I was able to get books that I wanted and read…read…read!
    going to add this one to my list

  18. Becky Parnell says:

    I like FREE books!!!

  19. Jean says:

    I like Paperbackswap!
    I love free books.

  20. Jodie D Kirk says:

    Love Paperback Swap!! Would love to win!!

  21. Bully L. (roxanne3) says:

    Thank you for the opportunity. This sounds good!

  22. Raymond Zimov says:

    Reading expands your mind and free expands your wallet!!!!!

  23. Lauren Tibert Wells says:

    I love multi-generational novels. This one sounds intriguing. I’m a long-time PBS member and highly recommend new readers to join and learn about all the ways to share your books.

  24. Terry V. (mistyks) says:

    This sounds like something I would read. Count me in 🙂

  25. Gengie F says:

    Sounds as though this could be about a TV series I am watching – Succession!!!!

  26. Susan D. (mom2nine) says:

    It looks like a good family drama, which I would like to win

  27. Britt says:

    Sounds like an intriguing book!

  28. Sandi Ward says:

    Thanks for this opportunity. I think I would enjoy this book. Thanks

  29. Denise C. (charb) says:

    Please add me to the free book Friday contest….thank you

  30. Joseph L. says:

    Book sounds interesting!

  31. Pat Belowsky says:

    Love this site. I tell all my friends about Paperback Swap! I’d love to win this fascinating sounding book!

  32. Steven Lam says:

    PBS rules!

  33. Laura Gray says:

    I am in for a free book.

  34. Ronni E. (rifkachaya) says:

    Belong to Paperbackswap for years. Use it for personal and my school. Would love to win a free book!

  35. Jan Siefert says:

    I love books that are nonfiction, based on the various emotions of people from different walks of life. As a charter member of all three swap sites, this is just another one of many features that they all offer. I highly suggest that members, and non-members, take the time to click on all of the links found on each site!

  36. I have not read very many books set in New York and this sounds like the getting a copy. Happy reading!

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