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Publisher Comments:

The publication of his virtuoso novel Infinite Jest confirmed David Foster Wallace as "one of the big talents of his generation" (The New York Times). Readers who hunger for more will be richly satisfied by his first novel, The Broom of the System, a bracingly funny and fiercely original story.

The mysterious disappearance of her great-grandmother and twenty-five other elderly residents from a Shaker Heights nursing home has left Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman emotionally stranded on the edge of the Great Ohio Desert. But that is simply one problem of many for the hapless switchboard operator ? seriously compounded by her ongoing affair with her boss, Rick Vigorous; the impending TV stardom of her talking cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, on the Christian Broadcasting Network; and other minor catastrophes that threaten to elevate Lenore's search for love and self-determination to new heights of spasmodic weirdness. Fiercely original, bracingly funny, and deeply mysterious, The Broom of the System is the brilliant precursor to David Foster Wallace's celebrated second novel, Infinite Jest.

Review:

"Daring...hilarious...enigmatic...wonderfully odd...a zany picaresque adventure of contemporary America run amok." New York Times

Review:

"Dazzling...exhilarating...bizarre...sweepingly successful...engaging and haunting...a remarkable book with a lot of prestidigitation in it....Wallace's talent is consistently impressive." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore's great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho- babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

About the Author

David Foster Wallace is the author of Infinite Jest, The Girl with Curious Hair, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. His nonfiction has appeared in Harper's, Premiere, and Tennis. His stories have been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, Harper's, Paris Review, and Conjunctions. David Foster Wallace has won a Whiting Award, two NEA grants, and a fellowship at Yaddo. He lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140098686
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Author:
Wallace, David Foster
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Grandmothers
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Cleveland
Subject:
Grandmothers -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Contemporary American fiction
Series Volume:
99-201
Publication Date:
January 1987
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 480 pages Viking Penguin - English 9780140098686 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Daring...hilarious...enigmatic...wonderfully odd...a zany picaresque adventure of contemporary America run amok."
"Review" by , "Dazzling...exhilarating...bizarre...sweepingly successful...engaging and haunting...a remarkable book with a lot of prestidigitation in it....Wallace's talent is consistently impressive."
"Synopsis" by , Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore's great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho- babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.
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