Busy Monsters: A Novel (Paperback)

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“The best literary present . . . has a delicate sweetness that shows through at just the right moments.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post Book World

Echoing a narrative line that includes Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, William Giraldi’s Busy Monsters has been hailed as one of the most exciting fiction debuts in years. Penned with a linguistic bravado that explores the diaphanous line between fiction and fact, this “very funny, very inventive début novel” (The New Yorker) has at last revived the great American picaresque tradition.

About the Author

William Giraldi is the author of the of the memoir The Hero’s Body, and critically hailed novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, which is soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.

Praise For…

Comedy, satire, farce, language. . . . [A] release from the familiar and banal . . . has the kind of agenda that gives heft to the picaresque novels from which it is derived.
— New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

Wonderful. . . . Singular and arresting . . . filled with quirky turns of phrase, unexpected literary and cultural allusions, self-aware asides, and highfalutin word choices that would make Roget swell with pride.
— Salon

Starred Review. [A] riotous debut novel.
— Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A brilliant first novel that may well be in the running for 2011 literary awards.
— Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393342932
ISBN-10: 039334293X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 6th, 2012
Pages: 304
Language: English