Synopses & Reviews
Remarkable, hilarious and unsettling re-imaginations of reality by "a dynamic writer of extraordinary talent " Jennifer Levin, New York Times Book Review
Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace's remarkable and unsettling reimaginations of reality. From the eerily "real," almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson and overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, the familiar strange.
"In assessing this book, comparisons with Don DeLillo, Tom Robbins, and Robert Coover seem accurate, for Wallace is playful, idiomatically sharp, and intellectually engage....Impressive in scope and savvy." Peter Bricklebank, Library Journal
"Turns the short story upside down and inside out, making the adjectives 'inventive,' 'unique,' and 'original' seem blasé. T. Coraghessan Boyle
"A dynamic writer of extraordinary talent Mr. Wallace brings us, time and again, to hidden, mythic places that are strange yet oddly familiar. He succeeds in restoring grandeur to modern fiction." Jennifer Levin, New York Times Book Review
"A collection of stories as varied in length and theme as they are imaginative, and downright bizarre as any collection by one author has a right to be....Truly funny surreal humor." Benedict Cosgrove, San Francisco Chronicle
"These stories say something serious and sincere about the world that the rest of us have to live in." Madison Smartt Bell, Washington Post Book World
This collection could possibly represent the first flowering of post-postmoderism: visions of the world that re-imagine reality as more realistic than we can imagine. A compelling presence of a holograph and the up-to-the-second feeling of the most advanced art.
About the Author
David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) is the author of Infinite Jest, Girl with Curious Hair, Everything and More, The Broom of the System, and other fiction and nonfiction. Among his honors, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award.