William Giraldi Busy Monsters: A Novel

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Busy Monsters: A Novel

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Memoirist of mediocre fame, Charles Homar has a problem: his bride-to-be, Gillian Lee, has nixed their nuptials and fled to the high seas in search of a legendary giant squid, unleashing an unholy heart wreck upon him. In a hell-bent effort to prove his mettle as an American male and win back Gillian's affections, Charlie criss-crosses the nation seeking counsel, confronting creatures both mythic and real - Bigfoot on the Canadian border, space aliens in Seattle, a professional bodybuilder with Asiatic sex slaves in suburban New Jersey, the demons dancing a rumba inside his own heart - and then writing about his travails every week for a popular slick magazine. William Giraldi's debut novel is a love story of linguistic bravado that explores American excess, the diaphanous line between fiction and fact, and what desperate men and women will do to one another.

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"A bold, satirical debut." The Times "...a comic romp." -- Financial Times

"The best literary present...has a delicate sweetness that shows through at just the right moments." --Washington Post Book World

"Comedy, satire, farce, language...[A] release from the familiar and banal..." --The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

"It's the best kind of literary fiction - funny, absorbing and full of giant squids, a haunted hotel and Bigfoot." -- The Herald

"Coping with jealousy and love has rarely been dealt with in such an entertaining way."-- insidebooks.blogspot.com

"...this new-styled look at old-fashioned obsessive love and the determination the heart gives one in facing up to one's monsters is witty, sprightly and spry enough for consideration." ----The Bookbag Blog

"A surreal, very funny caper" ----The Observer, The New Review

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William Giraldi's work has appeared in Harper's and The New York Times Book Review among other journals. A senior editor at AGNI, he teaches in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.

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