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Westport Native Ted Thompson Publishes First Novel

Ted Thompson
Ted Thompson Photo Credit: Courtesy Carrie McClean via Ted Thompson's website

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Westport native has published his first novel, "The Land of Steady Habits."

Ted Thompson, who graduated from Westport's Staples High School in 1999, recently received the "Amazon Best Book of the Month" award for April 2014 for the book, published by Little, Brown and Company.

"Caution: this debut about a retired Connecticut executive dealing with his divorce is not for everyone. It’s too funny, too angry, too slyly subversive, and it might just make you think differently about your own marriage, your friends’ lives, the guy sitting next to you on the train," wrote reviewer Sara Nelson on "No wonder Thompson is being touted as this generation’s Updike and "The Land of Steady Habits" -- a perfect description of the upper-middle class bubble life illustrated here --as his "Rabbit, Run."

The book follows Anders Hill, a man entering his early sixties who is settled into the "land of steady habits," which is a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Connecticut, and Hill's journey as he leaves his life behind.

Thompson's stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, and Best New American Voices, and he was a Truman Capote fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog, Raisin.

To learn more about Thompson, visit his website .

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