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"[S]mart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get....Departure Lounge is about the transition from adolescence to adulthood and the many losses that are incurred en route. Beneath the crackle of Taylor's prose and the quick jabs of his wit, there is a sympathetic heart that knows how difficult this passage can be. Departure Lounge is a lovely piece of work that leaves one hoping more of Taylor's writing finds its way to this side of the Pacific." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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Publisher Comments:

A young New Zealand woman mysteriously disappears. The lives of those she has left behind intersect and form a captivating latticework of odd coincidences and surprising twists of fate. This is contemporary urban noir at its stylish and intelligent best.

Review:

"A stylish writer of noir novels who has been compared to Ross Macdonald. But his seductive command of the language and his elegiac tone more closely recall Thomas McGuane. In eloquently precise prose, Taylor evokes the life of small-time thief Mark Chamberlain. Vivid characters and mesmerizing language contribute to the moody atmosphere." Booklist

Review:

"[In] this enigmatic noir thriller...Taylor brilliantly interweaves clues...[and] compares favorably with Russell Banks and Paul Auster, should appeal to readers who appreciate sophisticated plots and fully human characters." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Taylor?s precise language provides a noirish cool, and his deft handling of the story, which seamlessly shifts between decades, lifts Departure Lounge above common mysteries." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"New Zealand writer Chad Taylor plays with the crime/noir genre for his own philosophical purposes in an open-ended way that subverts reassuring convention....Taylor in effect has taken the not-knowing at the mystery genre?s core and enshrined it, occupied its amorphous territory and made of it, as in this slight book?s emotional peak, a luminous art." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"There?s so much pleasure and bafflement to be derived from this thriller by novelist Chad Taylor that it seems like an afterthought to point out that it?s also a fascinating portrait of life in modern-day New Zealand. A fine read and an interesting look at unfamiliar terrain." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Entropy noir....The hypnotic pull lies in the zigzag dance of its forlorn characters, casting a murky, uneasy sense of doom." The Guardian (U.K.)

Review:

"[A] well-crafted but oddly hollow novel....There's a certain competence and slickness here that's undeniably appealing, but ultimately, the unrelenting chill makes for anunaffecting read." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Chad Taylor was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and is the author of five novels (Pack of Lies, Heaven, Shirker, Electric, and now Departure Lounge) and his short stories have been widely and internationally anthologized. He was named by Listener as one of New Zealand's 10 best novelists and The Guardian in England likened him to Paul Auster. He currently teaches creative writing at Auckland University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933372099
Author:
Taylor, Chad
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Author:
aylor
Author:
Chad T
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
April 1, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.32x5.14x.53 in. .45 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Europa Editions - English 9781933372099 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[S]mart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get....Departure Lounge is about the transition from adolescence to adulthood and the many losses that are incurred en route. Beneath the crackle of Taylor's prose and the quick jabs of his wit, there is a sympathetic heart that knows how difficult this passage can be. Departure Lounge is a lovely piece of work that leaves one hoping more of Taylor's writing finds its way to this side of the Pacific." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "A stylish writer of noir novels who has been compared to Ross Macdonald. But his seductive command of the language and his elegiac tone more closely recall Thomas McGuane. In eloquently precise prose, Taylor evokes the life of small-time thief Mark Chamberlain. Vivid characters and mesmerizing language contribute to the moody atmosphere."
"Review" by , "[In] this enigmatic noir thriller...Taylor brilliantly interweaves clues...[and] compares favorably with Russell Banks and Paul Auster, should appeal to readers who appreciate sophisticated plots and fully human characters."
"Review" by , "Taylor?s precise language provides a noirish cool, and his deft handling of the story, which seamlessly shifts between decades, lifts Departure Lounge above common mysteries."
"Review" by , "New Zealand writer Chad Taylor plays with the crime/noir genre for his own philosophical purposes in an open-ended way that subverts reassuring convention....Taylor in effect has taken the not-knowing at the mystery genre?s core and enshrined it, occupied its amorphous territory and made of it, as in this slight book?s emotional peak, a luminous art."
"Review" by , "There?s so much pleasure and bafflement to be derived from this thriller by novelist Chad Taylor that it seems like an afterthought to point out that it?s also a fascinating portrait of life in modern-day New Zealand. A fine read and an interesting look at unfamiliar terrain."
"Review" by , "Entropy noir....The hypnotic pull lies in the zigzag dance of its forlorn characters, casting a murky, uneasy sense of doom."
"Review" by , "[A] well-crafted but oddly hollow novel....There's a certain competence and slickness here that's undeniably appealing, but ultimately, the unrelenting chill makes for anunaffecting read."
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