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  • Published: 6 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099583660
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $24.99

Happy Birthday, Wanda June


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The follow-up to Slaughterhouse-Five and the only play written by cult writer Kurt Vonnegut

For eight years, big game hunter and war hero Harold Ryan has been presumed dead, lost in the Amazon rainforest while hunting for diamonds. Now he’s back, only to find his wife engaged to a hippy doctor and his son transformed into a pampered sissy. Though his hunting trophies remain, an inexplicable birthday cake sits in the living room bearing a strange icing inscription: Happy Birthday Wanda June. Can the household bear the returning force of Harold’s machismo? And who on earth is Wanda June?

  • Pub date: 6 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099583660
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano (1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle (1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

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Praise for Happy Birthday, Wanda June

“Flashes of plain wisdom that made his writing so dear to so many”

Los Angeles Times

“The wittiest man since Groucho Marx and the wisest since Karl Marx”

The Times


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