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Publisher Comments:

In Kockroach, a wholly original work of literary noir, Tyler Knox brilliantly turns Kafka's The Metamorphosis on its head.

It is the mid-1950s, and in a fleabag hotel off Times Square, Kockroach, perfectly content with life as an insect, awakens to discover that somehow he's become, of all things, a human. This tragic turn of events would be enough to fling a more highly evolved creature into despair, but cockroaches know no despair. Firmly entrenched in the present tense, they are awesome coping machines, and so Kockroach copes. Step by step, he learns the ways of humans — how to walk, how to talk, how to wear a jaunty brown fedora.

In Times Square he discovers a blistering sea of lights, a great smoking god, walls of glass laden with food, and the opportunity to rise in the human world. Two companions guide him on his way: Mite, an undersized gangster suffering an acute case of existential angst, and Celia Singer, a reserved woman with a disfigured body who finds in Kockroach a key to unlocking her hidden passions.

As Kockroach, led by his primitive desires and insectile amorality, navigates through the bizarre human realms of crime, business, politics, and sex, he meets with both great triumph and great disaster. Will he find success or be squashed flat from above? Will he change humanity, or will humanity change him?

Packed with love, violence, and a perverse sense of humor, Kockroach is the classic tale of an immigrant's search for the American dream as seen from a stunning new perspective.

Review:

"Kafka's Metamorphosis is turned on its antennae in this roaringly entertaining noir novel. Knox's debut begins with a cockroach waking up to find he has been transformed into a man. Kockroach, however, doesn't lapse into despair, but instead demonstrates the relentless survival instinct of his species by learning how to get by in the human world. Helping him is pint-size Times Square hustler Mickey 'Mite' Pimelia, who sees in Kockroach (or, as he's known to humans, Jerry Blatta) his ticket to the top. Sex, organized crime, violence, betrayal and success follow for Kockroach, whose insect's sense of amorality aids his ascent. Meanwhile, Celia, a crippled but beautiful woman, befriends Mite and finds herself drawn to Kockroach. Knox's inhuman antihero's tale is told in flawless noir style Kockroach's coldness juxtaposed against Mite's bitter self-recrimination in a seedy, smoky 1950s New York and Kockroach's insights into that New York are perversely delightful. The book's conceptual cleverness is ultimately eclipsed by the epic story line, making for a compelling story of greed and power that is more Chandler than Kafka." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' is turned on its antennae in this roaringly entertaining noir novel. Knox's debut begins with a cockroach waking up to find he has been transformed into a man. Kockroach, however, doesn't lapse into despair, but instead demonstrates the relentless survival instinct of his species by learning how to get by in the human world. Helping him is pint-size Times Square hustler Mickey 'Mite' Pimelia, who sees in Kockroach (or, as he's known to humans, Jerry Blatta) his ticket to the top. Sex, organized crime, violence, betrayal and success follow for Kockroach, whose insect's sense of amorality aids his ascent. Meanwhile, Celia, a crippled but beautiful woman, befriends Mite and finds herself drawn to Kockroach. Knox's inhuman antihero's tale is told in flawless noir style — Kockroach's coldness juxtaposed against Mite's bitter self-recrimination in a seedy, smoky 1950s New York — and Kockroach's insights into that New York are perversely delightful. The book's conceptual cleverness is ultimately eclipsed by the epic story line, making for a compelling story of greed and power that is more Chandler than Kafka." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Debut novelist Knox presents a study of human society from a unique perspective." Library Journal

Review:

"Surreal, standout debut fiction." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Knox's tale is complete with heroines, harlots, and love triangles, and honest and corrupt businesspeople, cops, and politicians." Booklist

Review:

"Nearly everything about this portrait of the cockroach as a young human is artfully executed and signals the emergence of a promising new novelist." Seattle Times

Review:

"Watching this cockroach in a beautifully tailored double-breasted suit rise to power first as a gangster, then as a businessman, is like A Bug's Life version of the Tony Soprano story. Inventively hilarious." USA Today

Synopsis:

It's the mid 1950s, and Kockroach lives in a fleabag hotel in New York, perfectly content with his life as an arthropod — until the night he awakens to discover that somehow he's become a human. Will he become an American success story or be squashed from above?

About the Author

Tyler Knox holds a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A former resident of New York City, Chicago, Iowa City, and Washington, D.C., he now lives on the East Coast with his wife and their dog.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061143335
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
William Morrow
Author:
Knox, Tyler
Author:
by Tyler Knox
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cockroaches
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061226
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.50x6.30x1.19 in. 1.07 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780061143335 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kafka's Metamorphosis is turned on its antennae in this roaringly entertaining noir novel. Knox's debut begins with a cockroach waking up to find he has been transformed into a man. Kockroach, however, doesn't lapse into despair, but instead demonstrates the relentless survival instinct of his species by learning how to get by in the human world. Helping him is pint-size Times Square hustler Mickey 'Mite' Pimelia, who sees in Kockroach (or, as he's known to humans, Jerry Blatta) his ticket to the top. Sex, organized crime, violence, betrayal and success follow for Kockroach, whose insect's sense of amorality aids his ascent. Meanwhile, Celia, a crippled but beautiful woman, befriends Mite and finds herself drawn to Kockroach. Knox's inhuman antihero's tale is told in flawless noir style Kockroach's coldness juxtaposed against Mite's bitter self-recrimination in a seedy, smoky 1950s New York and Kockroach's insights into that New York are perversely delightful. The book's conceptual cleverness is ultimately eclipsed by the epic story line, making for a compelling story of greed and power that is more Chandler than Kafka." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' is turned on its antennae in this roaringly entertaining noir novel. Knox's debut begins with a cockroach waking up to find he has been transformed into a man. Kockroach, however, doesn't lapse into despair, but instead demonstrates the relentless survival instinct of his species by learning how to get by in the human world. Helping him is pint-size Times Square hustler Mickey 'Mite' Pimelia, who sees in Kockroach (or, as he's known to humans, Jerry Blatta) his ticket to the top. Sex, organized crime, violence, betrayal and success follow for Kockroach, whose insect's sense of amorality aids his ascent. Meanwhile, Celia, a crippled but beautiful woman, befriends Mite and finds herself drawn to Kockroach. Knox's inhuman antihero's tale is told in flawless noir style — Kockroach's coldness juxtaposed against Mite's bitter self-recrimination in a seedy, smoky 1950s New York — and Kockroach's insights into that New York are perversely delightful. The book's conceptual cleverness is ultimately eclipsed by the epic story line, making for a compelling story of greed and power that is more Chandler than Kafka." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Debut novelist Knox presents a study of human society from a unique perspective."
"Review" by , "Surreal, standout debut fiction."
"Review" by , "Knox's tale is complete with heroines, harlots, and love triangles, and honest and corrupt businesspeople, cops, and politicians."
"Review" by , "Nearly everything about this portrait of the cockroach as a young human is artfully executed and signals the emergence of a promising new novelist."
"Review" by , "Watching this cockroach in a beautifully tailored double-breasted suit rise to power first as a gangster, then as a businessman, is like A Bug's Life version of the Tony Soprano story. Inventively hilarious."
"Synopsis" by , It's the mid 1950s, and Kockroach lives in a fleabag hotel in New York, perfectly content with his life as an arthropod — until the night he awakens to discover that somehow he's become a human. Will he become an American success story or be squashed from above?
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