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ISBN13: 9780142000601
ISBN10: 0142000604
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What is Horace Jacob Little trying to hide? No one knows much about the great modern author except that he is a complete recluse. In this electrifying debut novel, three recent college graduates are trying to uncover the mysterious writer's real identity: Jake Burnett, a young reporter and fan who wants to make his reputation by unmasking the legend; Andrew Wallace, a psychologically disturbed genius who is convinced that Little is plotting against him; and Lara Knowles, the girl they both love.

Their investigation leads them into a twisted game of reflections and reversals in which each seems to be pursuing the other and the truth becomes blurred. As Andrew becomes increasingly distraught and potentially dangerous, the quest for the author threatens to unhinge everyone involved.

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"[B]rilliant....Czuchlewski keeps us guessing throughout an elegantly crafted psychological thriller....A fabulous debut. Look for big things from this new writer. He's the genuine article." Kirkus Reviews

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"The Muse Asylum is this summer's must read for all those who love truly literary thrillers." New Orleans Times-Picayune

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"[A] cleverly devised, sharply composed, entertaining and moving first novel. Mr. Czuchlewski deftly creates vivid environments in quick strokes....And, crucially, he peoples these places with affecting characters, who seem to live on even after his tale's last twist has been turned." The Wall Street Journal

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"The Muse Asylum succeeds in establishing [Czuchlewski] as a new writer to be watched." San Francisco Chronicle

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"[A] daring, self-consciously literary debut....[A] stylish, assured and gripping work of fiction....[W]ell plotted, with nuanced characters and real intellectual heft. Czuchlewski is a writer to watch." Publishers Weekly

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"Simply put, this is a brilliant book, one of the best I've read in many years." Ed Halloran, Rocky Mountain News

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"The Muse Asylum is an ingeniously plotted postmodernist mystery that introduces a young writer of exceptional gifts. David Czuchlewski writes with imagination, vision, and style." Joyce Carol Oates

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"The Muse Asylum is a stylish, psychologically acute, and altogether captivating tale of madness and obsession. A grand debut." Jonathan Kellerman

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"Czuchlewski's prose is perfection. Every line is clean and crisp and...well, for lack of a better word, perfect. The Muse Asylum...is a twisting, turning, whirling dervish of a story. You will barely be able to put it down once you have started." Jana Siciliano, BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

In this breath-snatching first novel of love, madness and artistic identity, a young genius's obsession with a reclusive writer consumes those around him, as they begin to learn the dark truths that lurk beneath the surface of the relationship.

Synopsis:

What is Horace Jacob Little trying to hide? No one knows much about the great modern author except that he is a complete recluse. In this electrifying debut novel, three recent college graduates are trying to uncover the mysterious writer's real identity: Jake Burnett, a young reporter and fan who wants to make his reputation by unmasking the legend; Andrew Wallace, a psychologically disturbed genius who is convinced that Little is plotting against him; and Lara Knowles, the girl they both love. Their investigation leads them into a twisted game of reflections and reversals in which each seems to be pursuing the other and the truth becomes blurred. As Andrew becomes increasingly distraught and potentially dangerous, the quest for the author threatens to unhinge everyone involved.

"The Muse Asylum is an ingeniously plotted postmodernist mystery that introduces a young writer of exceptional gifts. David Czuchlewski writes with imagination, vision, and style." (Joyce Carol Oates)

"[A] cleverly devised, sharply composed, entertaining and moving first novel. Mr. Czuchlewski deftly creates vivid environments in quick strokes. . . . And, crucially, he peoples these places with affecting characters, who seem to live on even after his tale's last twist has been turned." (The Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

David Czuchlewski graduated from Princeton University in 1998. Currently a medical student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he is at work on his second novel.

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BSAofRuthless, March 20, 2007 (view all comments by BSAofRuthless)
I rarely enjoy contemporary authors, but this book was by far one of the best I've read. Czhchlewski spins a beautifully crafted web of obsession, anxiety, love and ambiguity that holds his readers and his characters in flux until the very last page. This story holds points of interest for everybody, including bits of mythology, philosophy, and even fairy tales. Amazing read, I hope everyone takes the time to at the very least peruse this fantastic debut novel.
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Sado_Erotique, March 14, 2007 (view all comments by Sado_Erotique)
Not only does this fascinating read keep you glued to your chair, but it also makes you think. "The muse asylum" is an enthrancing story of love, madness and a quest for truth that can be understood on a deeper level as well - after all, aren't we all looking for truth in our lives?
Moving, both dead serious and hilariously funny, Czuchlewski has hereby established himself as an autor to be watched.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000601
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Mental Illness
Author:
Czuchlewski, David
Author:
Ski
Author:
David Czuchlew
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
March 26, 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.86x5.05x.55 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142000601 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[B]rilliant....Czuchlewski keeps us guessing throughout an elegantly crafted psychological thriller....A fabulous debut. Look for big things from this new writer. He's the genuine article."
"Review" by , "The Muse Asylum is this summer's must read for all those who love truly literary thrillers."
"Review" by , "[A] cleverly devised, sharply composed, entertaining and moving first novel. Mr. Czuchlewski deftly creates vivid environments in quick strokes....And, crucially, he peoples these places with affecting characters, who seem to live on even after his tale's last twist has been turned."
"Review" by , "The Muse Asylum succeeds in establishing [Czuchlewski] as a new writer to be watched."
"Review" by , "[A] daring, self-consciously literary debut....[A] stylish, assured and gripping work of fiction....[W]ell plotted, with nuanced characters and real intellectual heft. Czuchlewski is a writer to watch."
"Review" by , "Simply put, this is a brilliant book, one of the best I've read in many years."
"Review" by , "The Muse Asylum is an ingeniously plotted postmodernist mystery that introduces a young writer of exceptional gifts. David Czuchlewski writes with imagination, vision, and style."
"Review" by , "The Muse Asylum is a stylish, psychologically acute, and altogether captivating tale of madness and obsession. A grand debut."
"Review" by , "Czuchlewski's prose is perfection. Every line is clean and crisp and...well, for lack of a better word, perfect. The Muse Asylum...is a twisting, turning, whirling dervish of a story. You will barely be able to put it down once you have started."
"Synopsis" by , In this breath-snatching first novel of love, madness and artistic identity, a young genius's obsession with a reclusive writer consumes those around him, as they begin to learn the dark truths that lurk beneath the surface of the relationship.
"Synopsis" by , What is Horace Jacob Little trying to hide? No one knows much about the great modern author except that he is a complete recluse. In this electrifying debut novel, three recent college graduates are trying to uncover the mysterious writer's real identity: Jake Burnett, a young reporter and fan who wants to make his reputation by unmasking the legend; Andrew Wallace, a psychologically disturbed genius who is convinced that Little is plotting against him; and Lara Knowles, the girl they both love. Their investigation leads them into a twisted game of reflections and reversals in which each seems to be pursuing the other and the truth becomes blurred. As Andrew becomes increasingly distraught and potentially dangerous, the quest for the author threatens to unhinge everyone involved.

"The Muse Asylum is an ingeniously plotted postmodernist mystery that introduces a young writer of exceptional gifts. David Czuchlewski writes with imagination, vision, and style." (Joyce Carol Oates)

"[A] cleverly devised, sharply composed, entertaining and moving first novel. Mr. Czuchlewski deftly creates vivid environments in quick strokes. . . . And, crucially, he peoples these places with affecting characters, who seem to live on even after his tale's last twist has been turned." (The Wall Street Journal)

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