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By John Brandon

At the best flooring of a small sanatorium, an not going piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to via his gruff, helpless father. open air the health facility, a motley vigil assembles underneath a reluctant New Mexico winter—strangers looking for solutions, a broom with the paranormal, or simply an get away. to a few the boy is a novelty, to others a faith. simply past this ragtag circle roams a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds, holding and dangerous, studying an excessive amount of. And above all of them, a would-be angel sits captive in a preserving telephone of the afterlife, completing the paintings he all started in the world, writing the songs that can loose him. This not likely assortment—a small-town mayor, a vengeful guitarist, all of the unseen barren region lives—unites to weave a repeatedly hopeful tale of inconceivable communion.

Upon the discharge of John Brandon's final novel, Citrus County, the New York Times declared that he "joins the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, pleasure Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury." Now, with A Million Heavens, Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a brand new realm of gritty surrealism—a spectacular and fascinating flip from the best younger novelists of our time.

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He was traveling to a diplomatic conference in South America.  . indd 45 8/4/11 4:53 PM 4 The Aid Begins T he Foreign Assistance Act provided funds for the Marshall Plan, officially known as the European Recovery Plan (ERP). Unlike most previous aid given to Europe, these funds would not be handouts. Rather than giving cash to the Marshall Plan countries, the United States would provide aid in the form of goods and services. The ERP would buy these goods and services—almost all of them from American companies—and ship the goods (or supply the services) to people and companies in Europe.

The Netherlands created additional farmlands through land-reclamation projects. indd 61 8/4/11 4:54 PM 62 THE MARSHALL PLAN Greece began a training program to teach olive-farm workers new skills so that they could get better-paying jobs. The ECA also began approving reconstruction projects. For example, Italian automaker Fiat asked for ERP funds to build a plant because its management wanted to develop and produce a new car model. The ECA agreed to fund the project if the Italian government and the automaker agreed to certain conditions.

S. allies in Western Europe. S. goods and services. S. economy. Third, the administration wanted to make sure that the United States would not be drawn into a third world war. It worried that the economic and political turmoil in Europe could lead to another armed conflict. The increasing popularity and success of communist parties in Western European countries—as well as the threats posed by the Soviet Union’s growing strength in Europe—unsettled most Americans. State Department employees worked many late nights drafting the Marshall Plan legislation.

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