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Suzy Zeus Gets Organized (Tin House)
Synopses & Reviews
"Suzy hails from Indiana,
land of crops, of Fords and farms.
Suzy lives in New York City,
land of cops and car alarms.
Suzy lives six blocks from Harry.
Touch him and she'll break your arms."
Heart-rending, hilarious, giddy, and compassionate, Maggie Robbins's novel in verse tracks a blundering bombshell as she risks all, ricocheting from man to man, place to place, through a haze of sensuality, spirituality, serendipity, and psychosis. In its own singsong rhythm — the "crazy beat" of Suzy's unforgettable life — Suzy Zeus Gets Organized chronicles a furious odyssey from Astoria to Astroland — by way of such pit stops as Berlin, the Big Easy, Buddhism, Barbie, and the Bible — that leaves Suzy, although in the same town, in a somewhat better state. Excerpted in Andrew Solomon's bestselling The Noonday Demon, this marvelously told story of a rowdy city girl bent on finding inner harmony will delight readers everywhere.
"Maggie Robbins's Suzy Zeus is a deadpan dead-on character — nobody's nice girl — whose life in hypnotic verse is boldly told. Powerful, dark, and hard to forget." Naomi Wolf
"Maggie Robbins has a vocabulary, a rhythm, a diction, and a message that are hers and hers alone. Her writing is tough, brazen, exuberant, and ironic; and yet it is touched, always, with a spirit of great generosity and tenderness." Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
"With mordant humor and infinite pluck, Suzy catapults through men, work, religiion, and her own neuroses.thrilling and infectious poems, a stunning piece." Doug Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of I Am My Own Wife
"A singular and wonderful work.. an extraordinary character whose dilemmas subtly and bracingly tell us about the way we live now." Janet Malcolm
About the Author
Maggie Robbins works as a psychotherapist for adults and children in New York City. With composer Robert Maggio, she wrote the libretto for Hearing Voices: Joan of Arc at the Stake. Her collages and assemblages have been shown from SoHo to Alberta and included in such books as M. G. Lord's Forever Barbie. She is fluent in Swahili.
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