The Pinball Theory of Apocalypse: A Novel

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For years, painter Isabel Raven has made an almost-living forging Impressionist masterpieces to decorate the McMansions of the not-quite-Sotheby's-auction rich. But when she serendipitously hits on an idea that turns her into the "It Girl" of the L.A. art scene, her career takes off just as the rest of her life heads south. Her personal-chef boyfriend is having a wild sexual dalliance with the teenage self-styled "Latina Britney Spears." If Isabel refuses to participate in an excruciatingly humiliating ad campaign, her sociopathic art dealer is threatening to "gut her like an emu." And her reclusive physicist father has conclusively proven that the end of the world is just around the corner.

Now, with the Apocalypse looming—and with only a disaffected Dutch-Eskimo billionaire philanthropist and his dissolute thirteen-year-old adopted daughter to guide her—there's barely enough time remaining for Isabel to reexamine her fragile delusional existence . . . and the delusional reality of her schizophrenic native city.

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Jonathan Selwood grew up in Hollywood. He received an MFA from Columbia University and is married and lives in Portland, OR.

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Isabel Raven should be aglow. Rare among painters, she has made it big in L.A. A major exhibition is set to open, and a billionaire racked by guilt over the 9/11 death of his business partner is avidly collecting Isabel's kitschy work (she inserts celebrity faces into masterpieces; picture Martha Stewart in The Scream) to please Cordelia, his raunchy-beyond-her-years 13-year-old adopted daughter. But instead of basking in her success, Isabel is a complete wreck along with her postearthquake apartment. Her chef-to-the-stars boyfriend has taken up with a Latina teenage diva, her sleazy gallery owner has posted nude photos of her on the Internet, her mother is "pathologically chatty," and her physicist father has done the math that proves that the planets in our solar system will start crashing into one another in 2049. Selwood's laugh-out-loud madcap debut mocks today's digitized, hard-sell, sex-obsessed world as it teeters "somewhere between carnival and riot." With high appeal for hip young readers attuned to "the bittersweet feeling of exhilarated alienation," Selwood should have a bright writing future. Seaman, Donna

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