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When Yuvi's wife finds him in his underwear, standing on top of his desk, she isn't particularly impressed with his writing habits.

But Yuvi worries. He has a wife who wants things he can't give her, an editor who wants a book he can't deliver, a brother-in-law whose gastrointestinal disease may lead him to a morbid end, and dead parents who, well, they don't really want anything, but that doesn't stop the memory of them from haunting him.

As the structure of Yuvi's novel falls apart, so do his life and marriage. His novel and his life blend together as he struggles to pull out of the mess, traveling from his suburban Jewish home in Atlanta to the North Carolina mountains of his father's childhood, to several hospital waiting rooms, to the living room of a grieving Palestinian man, and even to Uranus (and back, of course).

Heartbreaking and hilarious, A Brilliant Novel in the Works is the utterly original debut novel from Yuvi Zalkow, praised by Cheryl Strayed as "the secret love child of the smartest person you've ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block."

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"Yuvi Zalkow brilliantly navigates the territory between your head and your heart, and down to your privates." Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase

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"If you buy just one book this year, consider resting this book on top of it. Yuvi Zalkow is a writer I'm going to watch from a safe distance." Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story, Aburdistan, and The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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"Yuvi Zalkow writes like the secret love child of the smartest person you've ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block. In A Brilliant Novel in the Works, he mines the territory between heartbreak and hilarity with a voice so original it's as if he made the territory up. His prose is wise and perceptive, generous and bold, funny and tender. The truest thing I can say about this ambitiously realized debut is: you must read this." Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, Torch, and the Dear Sugar advice column

About the Author

Yuvi Zalkow received his MFA from Antioch University and his stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Carve Magazine, and others. He is the creator of the "I'm a Failed Writer" online video series and has been rejected more than 600 times by reputable and disreputable journals.

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marymilstead, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by marymilstead)
This book is beautiful and funny, and highly recommended.
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Carrie Padian, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Carrie Padian)
Hands down the best book I read in 2012. The characters were beautifully and realistically fleshed out to the point where I could love each one, identify with them and root for them all, even when they were acting nuts. I can't wait to read more from this author.
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Noah Dundas, August 12, 2012 (view all comments by Noah Dundas)
everybody in writing group says stuff like, can't wait to see your book published, Yuvi is the one person they actually meant what they said. This book is the culmination of years of hard work and its brilliant, just like Yuvi!
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ISBN:
9781849821650
Author:
Zalkow, Yuvi
Publisher:
MP Publishing
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120814
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
225
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 225 pages MP Publishing - English 9781849821650 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Yuvi Zalkow brilliantly navigates the territory between your head and your heart, and down to your privates."
"Review" by , "If you buy just one book this year, consider resting this book on top of it. Yuvi Zalkow is a writer I'm going to watch from a safe distance." Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story, Aburdistan, and The Russian Debutante's Handbook
"Review" by , "Yuvi Zalkow writes like the secret love child of the smartest person you've ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block. In A Brilliant Novel in the Works, he mines the territory between heartbreak and hilarity with a voice so original it's as if he made the territory up. His prose is wise and perceptive, generous and bold, funny and tender. The truest thing I can say about this ambitiously realized debut is: you must read this."
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