Ben Ehrenreich The Suitors: A Novel

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The Suitors: A Novel

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This audacious reimagining of The Odyssey finds Penny home alone while Payne, a modern-day Odysseus, gallivants around the world on battleships and attack helicopters, waging wars of conquest. A drinking, drugging crew of ne’er-do-well squatters surrounds Penny, eager for her attention. Even their most eyebrow-raising exploits can’t distract her, though, as she angrily pines for Payne. But when a mysterious man with suspicious origins arrives on the scene, the suitors’ precarious pecking order falls to pieces in the glow of Penny’s newly ignited ardor.

Brutal, playful, sexy, and subversive, The Suitors is a classic of its own kind.

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About the Author:

BEN EHRENREICH is a journalist whose writing has appeared in LA Weekly, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"This is truly a ravishing book."

(Frederic Tuten, Bomb magazine)

"Ehrenreich writes with an ease and pure line-by-line skill that’s rare."

(New York Times)

"Blends Tom Robbins’ sly humor with Steve Erickson’s bubbling sense of the subconscious and Voltaire’s irreverent twists of plot."

(Los Angeles Times)

"Smart and funny, taking swipes at the Bush administration, the Iraq war, and the notion of heroism, in this or any other age."
(Los Angeles Magazine)

"A compassionately conceived storytelling expedition into a world where epic struggles from the past and the present converge and converse."

(Los Angeles City Beat)

"Delicious . . . Ehrenreich’s prodigious, Joycean prose establishes him as a writer to watch."

(Booklist)

"A unique, powerful new voice full of passion."

(Etgar Keret, author of The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God & Other Stories)

"Gorgeous and brutal, sexy and sly and sad."

(Shelley Jackson, author of The Melancholy of Anatomy)

"The Suitors is an immensely clever novel . . . powerful . . . [an] unbroken pleasure."

(Jim Crace, author of Genesis: A Novel)

"At once anarchic and stirring, The Suitors has the well-earned confidence of its own crazy music."

(Steve Erickson, author of Our Ecstatic Days)

"A feast fit for all of humanity’s inner vampires. Bloody, orchestral and exquisitely hopeful, it will spear you through the heart."

(Holiday Reinhorn, author of Big Cats)

"Brilliant, and at the same time moving. It’s a relief to know that literature exists yet."

(Juan Goytisolo, author of Marks of Identity and The Garden of Secrets)

"A beautifully structured and inventive novel . . . that will pull you back to it again and again."

(Percival Everett, author of Wounded and Erasure)

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