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New York Times bestselling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Downtown Owl, “the Ethicist” of the New York Times Magazine, Chuck Klosterman returns to fiction with his second novel—an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient, a man who can render himself invisible.

Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity.

Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, The Visible Man touches on all of Chuck Klosterman’s favorite themes—the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy. Is this comedy, criticism, or horror? Not even Y__ seems to know for sure.

About the Author

Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439184479
Author:
Klosterman, Chuck
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
invisibility, downtown owl, therapist, cloaking technology, voyeurism, normalcy, victoria vick, y____, government project, vulnerable, honesty, marriage, identity, career, curiosity, pop culture, media, comedy, criticism, horror, chuck klosterman, kloster
Subject:
invisibility, downtown owl, therapist, cloaking technology, voyeurism, normalcy, victoria vick, y____, government project, vulnerable, honesty, marriage, identity, career, curiosity, pop culture, media, comedy, criticism, horror, chuck klosterman, kloster
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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