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Take a walk alongside Murakami's parallel worlds, Wes Anderson's humor and radical elegance, Franz Kafka's metaphorical ventures and Charlie Kaufman's radiant melancholy. Enter a dark and joyous exploration of how we deal with our particularities, how we deal with grief, how we deal with unthinkable thoughts and unexpressed urges.
An OMG exploration of WTF. . . If Willful Suspension of Disbelief were a race in the literary Olympics, this moving and luminous debut would set the record. If this novel were edible, it'd be less like a plate of meat than an inside-out eel roll atop a Russian doll. Set in suburban New Jersey at the dawn of the Internet age, this imaginatively unhinged yet formally controlled contemporary fable dramatizes the struggle between impulsivity and restraint. A sort of semi-perverted post-YA novel, it's about confronting disbelief, overcoming obstacles imposed by self and others, and negotiating challenges associated with a vital inner life.
Hot air balloons! Terraria! Goop storms! Never has a semi-illustrated story about longing, loss, and love been so good-natured, inventive, and insane.
File under: Contemporary American Fabulism.
Or better: Sensationalism.
Or maybe even better: Lupinism.
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“A moving, modern meditation on loss and renewal, The Shimmering Go-Between is recommended for readers who want innovation and whimsy without losing the heart and soul that makes a story resonate long after it's been read.” — Foreword Reviews An “intricately layered debut novel that manages to reorganize the landscapes of conception, birth, death, Heaven and New Jersey . . . Klein leads the reader to a ledge of unbelievability and dares the reader to believe . . . and then he pushes you off that ledge. Giggling.” — Word Riot “The Shimmering Go-Between is a strange novel. Yet it's an intricate, even beautiful, strangeness that never loses sight of its characters' shared humanity.” — Monkeybicycle “Comedy, genuine feeling, and an authentic sense of what it's like to be alive in our time.” — Christian TeBordo, author of The Awful Possibilities “Strangest, darkest, funniest ride I've taken in a very long time. Klein is mad, mad, mad and brilliant.” — Edward Carey, author of Observatory Mansions “A phantasmagoric novel that will cover your eyes, spin you around a few times and throw you for a loop at every turn. An audacious work that will challenge you, baffle you, move you and shatter you all at once.” — Mélanie Francès, GoodreadsAbout the Author:
Lee Klein is the author of Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck: Rejection Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox (Barrelhouse Books, 2014). A graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.
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Book Description Atticus Books, 2014. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 269 pages. 8.25x5.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0991546903
Book Description Atticus Books, 2014. Condition: New. Lee Klein (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0991546903