"The sort of book that cuts you off from your family and has you walking blindly through seven lanes of traffic with your face pressed obliviously to the page." --James Marriott, The Times (London)
Sasha, a young computer programmer from Leningrad, is driving through the forests of Northwest Russia to meet up with some friends for a nature vacation. He picks up a couple of local hitchhikers, who persuade him to come work with them at the National Institute for the Technology of Witchcraft and Thaumaturgy, or NITWiT.
An exhilarating, original novel, set in Brazil, Idaho, and outer space, about an obsessive librarian, a down-at-heel author, and a disgraced historian who go on the hunt for a mystical, life-changing book--and find it.
This debut novel--told in interviews--spans 20 years in the rise and fall of the charismatic leader of a seductive self-help movement.
"A stunning vibrant maximalist whirlwind of a novel. Oloixarac's wit and ambition are evident on every page. By comparison, most other contemporary fiction seems a little dull and simple-minded." --Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears and Gods Without Men
From the author of the award-winning novel Buffalo Lockjaw comes a powerful collection of darkly humorous short stories. A young girl uses a burnt log for her ventriloquist act; Franz Kafka and an unnamed narrator cruise a dive bar for women; a grieving couple stage and execute their own funeral; a son brings hot chowder to his caged parents.
The next novel from author Bryce Zabel, whose debut, Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? won the coveted Sidewise Award for Alternate History.
Abrupt Mutations leads the reader on a humorous, meandering tour of 1960s Megalopolis, at the heart of which is a hotly anticipated gathering of the city's culturati at the home of O Jango, a Brazilian billionaire and aesthete equally revered and reviled by his fellow Megalopolitans.
" A rollicking work of fiction that sets conniving caricatures of real-life figures amid a diorama of recent world events.... Mr. Johnson... clearly knows all the drills. The author of 25 earlier works of fiction and nonfiction, he has a lifetime's expertise that adds comic credibility to a caper combining the antic action of Mad magazine's old 'Spy vs.
A young stand-up comedian must adapt to an apocalyptic virus affecting people's sense of humor in this darkly satirical debut novel.What happens when all humor is wiped off the face of the Earth?
Doting, the last of Henry Green's novels, is, as its title would suggest, a story of yearning and lusting and aging in which a wife and a brash young woman run hilarious circles around a hapless hardworking civil servant suddenly seized by long-dormant urges.
Born in the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, The Haircutter--or H.C.-- murders an enigmatic "Jenny" and flees to the glittering anonymity of New York City. Eight years later, after a series of odd jobs and lonely meals, H.C. is charged with driving a wolf from New York back to Wyoming, where it was captured for use in a conceptual art show.