Comedy, satire, farce, language. . . . [A] release from the familiar and banal . . . has the kind of agenda that gives heft to the picaresque novels from which it is derived. (New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice)
Wonderful. . . . Singular and arresting . . . filled with quirky turns of phrase, unexpected literary and cultural allusions, self-aware asides, and highfalutin word choices that would make Roget swell with pride. (Salon)
Starred Review. [A] riotous debut novel. (Publishers Weekly)
Starred Review. A brilliant first novel that may well be in the running for 2011 literary awards. (Library Journal)
About the Author
William Giraldi is the author of the critically hailed Busy Monsters and fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.