Synopses & Reviews
Fun and puns mingle with daring make-believe. Larger-than-life characters play out the crucial human questions: How do we live? How do we handle our demons?
"I was reading this book on the treadmill at the YMCA and got laughing so hard at the three wrestling brothers (Prime Rib, Prime Rate, and Prime Time) that I had to get off. Dobyns writes wonderfully surreal prose--it's like John Irving, Joseph Heller, and Norman Bates all rolled together. is top-of-the-line entertainment: prime rib, prime rate, prime time." Stephen King
"Stirs together Nietzschean philosophy, professional wrestling, fairy-tale scenarios and Gnostic speculation to produce what is at once a darkly humorous and gravely unsettling work of imagination." Sven Birkerts
"Unlike any other book any of us will read this year, or next year, or the year after. . . . Dobyns is one of our most original, daring, and gifted writers." Robert Boswell
Wrestling, kidnapping, subplots from the Brothers Grimm, and a young man's search for his missing fiancee are only some of the elements of Stephen Dobyns's dazzling new novel.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -426).
About the Author
Stephen Dobyns is a poet and a novelist. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught at various academic institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He currently resides in Rhode Island.