Ed King, By David Guterson


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Guterson's 1994 debut, Snow Falling on Cedars, was a subdued morality tale set in the Puget Sound.

This fourth novel is a different kettle of fish, one that won its author a Bad Sex Award. It's 1960s Seattle and Walter Cousins, a married actuary, impregnates the family au pair

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 Events take a Hellenic bent when the newborn, Ed King, is adopted. "Now we approach the part of the story a reader can't be blamed for having skipped to," writes Guterson "…the part where a mother has sex with her son."

Turn to page 237 to see what got the judges so hot under the collar.