Heroic Measures

Heroic Measures

A Novel

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The basis for the major motion picture 5 Flights Up starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman.

New York City is on high alert--a gasoline truck is "stuck" in the Midtown tunnel and the driver has fled. Through panic and gridlock, Alex and Ruth must transport their beloved old dachshund--whose back legs are suddenly paralyzed--to the animal hospital, using a cutting board as a stretcher. But this is also the weekend when Alex and Ruth must sell the apartment in which they have lived for most of their adult lives. Over the course of forty-eight hours, as the mystery of the missing truck driver terrorizes the city and the dachshund's life hangs in the balance, the bidding war over their apartment becomes a barometer for collective hope and despair. Told in shifting points of view--Alex's, Ruth's, and the little dog's-- Heroic Measures is a moving, deft novel about urban anxiety and the love that deepens over years.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307378255
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Icicle Feb 02, 2011

I LOVED this book. It's thoughtful, beautifully written, and just quirky enough. I wanted to go live with the characters.

Jul 17, 2010

A very charming book - an elderly Jewish couple is selling their 5th story walkup in post 9/11 New York City. They struggle with this fact at the same time as their senior dachshund is undergoing back surgery. Felt a wonderful sense of being in their neighbourhood - and it was very poignant in parts. For all those dachshund lovers out there.


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