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Nine Kinds of Nakedby Tony Vigorito
Synopses & Reviews
Do you believe in synchronicity?
Can one breath of wind change many lives across space and time?
A prisoner spins a playing card into a somersault, stirring a wind that becomes a tornado that takes off the roof of a church in nearby Normal, Illinois. Elizabeth Wildhack is born in that church and someday she will meet that prisoner, a man named Diablo, on the streets of New Orleans—where a hurricane-like Great White Spot hovers off the coast. But how is it all interconnected? And what does it have to do with a time-traveling serf and a secret society whose motto is "Walk away"?
"Nine Kinds of Naked is innocent, whimsical, sometimes silly even, but filled with the freshness and the freewheeling independence that made Vigoritos reputation." — Kris Saknussemm, author of Zanesville
"A wildly spinning tornado of beautiful fresh air." -Chris Genoa, author of Foop!
Praise for Just a Couple of Days:
"Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"-- Christopher Moore, author of You Suck
TONY VIGORITO is the author of the underground classic. A former professor who taught social theory at Ohio University and Antioch College, he now lives in Austin, Texas. Visit #LINK
"Fans of Vigorito's originally self-published 2007 cult hit Just a Couple of Days will have a ball with this hyperactive, zany novel. Twenty-year-old drifter Diablo spies on Bridget Snapdragon, the pagan wife of a Normal, Ill., actuary, skinny dipping in her backyard creek. He is soon arrested, and while in jail, flips a playing card onto the back of a bee, setting in motion an atmospheric disturbance that begets the storm of the century. Meanwhile, a select group of misfits are unknowingly thrown into the storm's path. There's J.J. Speed, a priest turned special agent after becoming 'insane from celibacy'; Elizabeth Wildhack, Bridget's stripper daughter; Billy Pronto, a man who speaks in terms of the here and now only; and Clovis, a ninth-century serf, who, with the aid of gnomes, time-travels to Normal. Vigorito has no trouble stringing together words and writes goofball fiction as well as anyone, but the book's time shifts, innumerable eccentricities, chaotic narrative and 400 pages are enough to wear a reader out." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Cult favorite Tony Vigorito invokes a kind of chaos theory in Nine Kinds of Naked that gleefully turns any expectation of time, space, or plot on its head.
A prisoner spins a playing card into a somersault, stirring a wind that becomes a tornado that takes off the roof of a church in nearby Normal, Illinois. Elizabeth Wildhack is born in that church and someday she will meet that prisoner, a man named Diablo, on the streets of New Orleans—where a hurricane-like Great White Spot hovers off the coast. But how is it all interconnected?
“Comparisons of this novel to the works of Tom Robbins are both obvious and appropriate: the story meanders around in an entertaining manner, never getting too serious about itself; the characters are splendidly loopy, close to caricature but never quite reaching it; and the situations in which they find themselves are comic, dramatic, and everything in between."—Booklist
Do you believe in the butterfly effect? Can the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Tibet? What if the butterfly happens to be flapping centuries before the tornado stirs? Does the Great White Spot--a twenty-first-century weather anomaly rotating clockwise off the coast of Louisiana--stem from a ninth-century serf untying a knot in a strap of enchanted leather?
In the tradition of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, and with all the playfulness and prose-poetics that made his Just a Couple of Days such an underground phenomenon, Tony Vigorito now turns his visionary gaze to the wonder of synchronicity and the mystery of cause and effect. He takes us on a wild ride through time and space, introducing us to a cast of fascinating characters whose lives are all affected by one breath of wind. A novel of philosophy, social movements, dancing, and just plain joy, Nine Kinds of Naked kicks up its heels and whispers the divine secrets of our interconnection.
About the Author
TONY VIGORITOs first novel, Just a Couple of Days, is a cult classic that was republished by Harcourt in 2007. A former professor who earned a Ph.D. at Ohio State University and taught social theory at Ohio University and Antioch College, he now lives in Austin, Texas. Visit www.TonyVigorito.com.
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