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The Boy Who Killed Caterpillars

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In a language all his own, a language driven by stutterance and repetition, Joshua Kornreich evokes and seduces the reader into a boyhood mythography where things are not what they always seem to be. At the center of this world stands Kornreich's boy, a hypersensitive kid whose eyes and ears are struggling to make sense of a world fissured by his parents' marital unrest and his own invisible place in that familial world. What Kornreich's boy-narrator is fascinated with most compulsively — the household dustbuster, the backyard tree, the bushes that separate one backyard from another, not to mention the mysterious brown residue that resides at the bottom of the deep end of the family’s backyard pool — is also the source of his most startling revelations. A first novel unlike any other, The Boy Who Killed Caterpillars is a book of lingual daring and domestic disturbance that belongs on the shelf next to Gordon Lish's Peru, not only for the singular way that it deals with the subject matter of childhood violence, but also for the sheer force and torque of its sentences.

Review:

"The Boy Who Killed Caterpillars is stunningly original — a tour-de-force of language as well as a moving story of a shattered childhood. Joshua Kornreich is immensely talented. Keep your eye on this author!" Masha Hamilton, author of The Distance Between Us

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"The Boy Who Killed Caterpillars teaches us how to see afresh how sentences look and function on the page, isolating their sparse beauty, floating each in a small sea of white space, making each tentative, always ready to try a new version of itself, making each as obsessive about itself as the unhinged Oedipal narrator is about himself, about his universe of childhood secrets, fears, trespasses, violence, voyeurism, a frightening father, an ineffectual mother, a bevy of bullying boys, a houseful of haunting revelations. Tight, clean, spare, this is the real deal." Lance Olsen, author of Nietzche's Kisses

Synopsis:

Fiction. In a language all his own, a language driven by stutterance and repetition, Joshua Kornreich evokes and seduces the reader into a boyhood mythography where things are not what they always seem to be. At the center of this world stands Kornreich's boy, a hypersensitive kid whose eyes and ears are struggling to make sense of a world fissured by his parents' marital unrest and his own invisible place in that familial world. What Kornreich's boy-narrator is fascinated with most compulsively--the household dustbuster, the backyard tree, the bushes that separate one backyard from another, not to mention the mysterious brown residue that resides at the bottom of the deep end of the family's backyard pool--is also the source of his most startling revelations. A first novel unlike any other, THE BOY WHO KILLED CATERPILLARS is a book of lingual daring and domestic disturbance that belongs on the shelf next to Gordon Lish's Peru, not only for the singular way that it deals with the subject matter of childhood violence, but also for the sheer force and torque of its sentences.

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About the Author

Joshua Kornreich leads a dual life, balancing his time as a fiction author with his decade-long career as an investment analyst. He grew up in Long Island and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communication. He currently lives and works in New York City. The Boy Who Killed Caterpillars is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780971267671
Author:
Kornreich, Joshua
Publisher:
Marick Press
Author:
Kornreich, Joshua
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.02x5.00x.42 in. .44 lbs.

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Product details 160 pages MARICK PRESS - English 9780971267671 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Boy Who Killed Caterpillars is stunningly original — a tour-de-force of language as well as a moving story of a shattered childhood. Joshua Kornreich is immensely talented. Keep your eye on this author!"
"Review" by , "The Boy Who Killed Caterpillars teaches us how to see afresh how sentences look and function on the page, isolating their sparse beauty, floating each in a small sea of white space, making each tentative, always ready to try a new version of itself, making each as obsessive about itself as the unhinged Oedipal narrator is about himself, about his universe of childhood secrets, fears, trespasses, violence, voyeurism, a frightening father, an ineffectual mother, a bevy of bullying boys, a houseful of haunting revelations. Tight, clean, spare, this is the real deal."
"Synopsis" by , Fiction. In a language all his own, a language driven by stutterance and repetition, Joshua Kornreich evokes and seduces the reader into a boyhood mythography where things are not what they always seem to be. At the center of this world stands Kornreich's boy, a hypersensitive kid whose eyes and ears are struggling to make sense of a world fissured by his parents' marital unrest and his own invisible place in that familial world. What Kornreich's boy-narrator is fascinated with most compulsively--the household dustbuster, the backyard tree, the bushes that separate one backyard from another, not to mention the mysterious brown residue that resides at the bottom of the deep end of the family's backyard pool--is also the source of his most startling revelations. A first novel unlike any other, THE BOY WHO KILLED CATERPILLARS is a book of lingual daring and domestic disturbance that belongs on the shelf next to Gordon Lish's Peru, not only for the singular way that it deals with the subject matter of childhood violence, but also for the sheer force and torque of its sentences.
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