ADAM THIRLWELL Lurid & Cute

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An extravaganza of suburban noir – complete with one orgy, one brothel, and a series of firearms disputes - from Adam Thirlwell, twice selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. This yarn takes place in the suburbs of a giant city.

In Brasilia they’re coming off their night shift; in Tokyo they’re having their first whisky sours. That’s what’s happening elsewhere in the world when our hero wakes up. Together with his wife and dog, he lives at home with his parents. He has had the good education and, until recently, the good job.

In other words, the juggernaut of meaning was not parked heavily on our hero’s lawn. But then the lurid overtakes him - and whether this lurid tone is caused by our hero’s new unemployment or his feelings for a girl who is not his wife or the return of his old friend, Hiro, it’s hard to say.

What’s definite is that a chain of events begins that feels to those inside it narcotic and neurotic, like one long and terrible descent - complete with lies, deceit, and chicanery; one orgy, one brothel and a series of firearms disputes. While if you start to notice minute doubles and repeats or wonder if what you took as some trick of perspective might in fact be a kink of reality, perhaps that shouldn't be so much of a surprise....

For very possibly this suburban noir, as the story of a woebegone and global generation - and our hero, the sweetest narrator in world literature, may well also be the most fearsome.

Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape, and a project with international novels that includes an essay book, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney's.

He has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His work is translated into 30 languages.

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Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape, and a book on the international art of the novel, which won a Somerset Maugham Award. In 2003, he was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the Best Young British Novelists. His work is translated into 30 languages.

John Banks is Associate Professor of the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

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“Isn't that what we're looking for in the fiction we read . . . the world rarified by art, yet kept down to earth. This is what I feel is happening in Thirlwell's new fiction, and I can't wait to read more.” ―Jeffrey Eugenides

“A wittily observant young author . . . Audacious.” ―Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books

“A witty, irreverent, and elegiac new novel.” ―The New York Times Book Review on The Escape

“A novel where the humor is melancholic, the melancholy mischievous, and the talent startling.” ―Milan Kundera on The Escape

“A prodigy . . . Thirlwell's book shoves its delirious way around and through four centuries of great novelists, tumbles them down one trapdoor and hauls them out of another; it provokes as much as evokes . . . A treasure.” ―The New York Times on The Delighted States

“Raises questions that are vital to novelists and their readers; it will be hard for anyone with an interest in the subject to keep from defiling the margins with notes.” ―The Wall Street Journals on The Delighted States

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