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The Ecstatic

LaValle, Victor

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ISBN 10: 037571331X / ISBN 13: 9780375713316
Published by Vintage, 2003
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: The Ecstatic

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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   Anthony James weighs 315 pounds, is possibly schizophrenic, and he’s just been kicked out of college. He’s rescued by his mother, sister, and grandmother, but they may not be altogether sane themselves. Living in the basement of their home in Queens, New York, Anthony is armed with nothing but wicked sarcasm and a few well-cut suits. He intends to make horror movies but takes the jobs he can handle, cleaning homes and factories, and keeps crossing paths with a Japanese political prisoner, a mysterious loan shark named Ishkabibble, and packs of feral dogs. When his invincible 13-year old sister enters yet another beauty pageant—this one for virgins—the combustible Jameses pile into their car and head South for the competition. 
   Will Anthony’s family stick together or explode? With electrifying prose, LaValle ushers us into four troubled but very funny lives.

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“A compassionate mystery of madness . . . gritty and funny, both smart-alecky and dark.”
Los Angeles Times

“Bristles with visionary energy.” —Vanity Fair

“One of our most talented young writers.” —Charles Baxter

“His characters remind one of Chester Himes and Charles Wright, but LaValle is special.” —Ishmael Reed

Proves that Victor LaValle is a voice to be reckoned with for years to come.” —Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Bodega Dreams

“[The] characters are as beautifully rendered as they are bizarrely believable. . . . LaValle . . . writes prose that hums in your ear and appeals to your intellect.” —The Washington Post Book World

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