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Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman

Seven Types of Ambiguity is divided into seven chapters, each narrated by a different character. At the center of the story is Simon Heywood, and he's obsessed with Anna who left him a decade ago. Anna is unhappily married to Joe, but she stays in the marriage because of her son. Simon kidnaps her son in an attempt to win her back, creating havoc that boomerangs through many lives, including his psychiatrist and his friend, a prostitute who has Joe as one of her clients. The title is borrowed from literary critic's William Empson book about poetic ambiguities. Elliot Perlman explores the ambiguities and complexities of modern life and the chaos caused by greed, commerce, and self-indulgence. Seven Types of Ambiguity has received mixed reviews with BookPage saying, "This 672-page tome might be difficult to pick up, but it's almost impossible to put down."
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