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“Wonderfully weird and entertaining.”
Esquire

“An utterly charming, silly, and heartily entertaining coming-of-age story about a man-boy who learns to believe in himself by reckoning with evil… a welcome antidote to heavy-handed millennial fiction. Instead of trying to find profundity in party conversation or making his readers shudder in melancholy recognition of their thwarted lives, The Weirdness finds virtue in absurdity. Thank goodness — or darkness — for that.”
Boston Globe

“Arriving as a practitioner of such supernatural humor, loaded with brio, wit, and sophisticated jollity, like the literary godchild of Max Barry, Christopher Moore, and Will Self,  comes Jeremy Bushnell… An engaging reading experience.”
Paul Di Filippo, Barnes & Noble Review

Liberty Hardy (RiverRun Bookstore) picks The Weirdness as one of the Must-Read Books from Indie Presses in 2014 & the Best Book Cover of 2014, on Book Riot

“In many ways, this is an illuminating parable for these times… you’ll just wish you had more of this delightful novel still left to read.”
San Francisco Bay Guardian

“A whimsical approach… an aspiring author in New York who wakes one day to find that Satan has just brewed him a cup of fair-trade coffee — and has a little deal to discuss.”
Tampa Bay Times

“[The Weirdness] is immensely entertaining, and more than being merely diverting, is truly funny.”
Harvard Crimson

“The novel is truly a ’weird’ read, though unforgettable… An open-minded, modern reader will fully appreciate this bizarre and unusual work of fiction, the author’s first novel.”
Fairfield Mirror

One of “the week’s most exciting books”
Book Riot

“Absolutely, positively one of the most original takes on the nearing middle age, suffering male writer bit… Bushnell manages to turn this story on its head in what should be the most ridiculous novel you’ve ever read.”
The Picky Girl

“A comedic literary thriller situated between the world of Harry Potter and the Brooklyn of Jonathan Ames, Bushnell’s debut effectively mines well-trodden terrain to unearth some dark gems.”
Publishers Weekly

The Weirdness manages to soar beyond the potentially familiar tropes of urban fantasy with a strong sense of style and character… Bushnell’s debut novel is a clever, darkly satiric tale of the devil, literary Brooklyn and the human penchant for underachievement.”
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“This book is wild. And smart. And hilarious. And weird … in all kinds of good ways. Prepare to be weirded out. And to enjoy it.”
Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“Jeremy Bushnell has written an irreverent, chaotic, comically inventive novel that makes New York City look like the insane asylum some suspect it is. It steadfastly refuses to bore you, and by the end has something important to say about the way we dream.” 
—William Giraldi, author of Busy Monsters

About the Author

JEREMY P. BUSHNELL is the fiction editor for Longform.org, and is also the lead developer of Inevitable, a tabletop game released by Dystopian Holdings. He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and he lives in Dedham, Massachusetts. The Weirdness is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612193153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612193151
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy P Bushnell is the fiction editor for Longform.org, and was the lead developer of Inevitable, a dystopian tabletop boardgame (Dystopian Holdings, 2010). He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and he lives in Dedham, MA.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2014
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I just finished The Weirdness, one of those books that you start reading and then can't put down because you need to know what happens next. The main character is Billy, someone everyone knows. He just can't seem to get his s*** together, but then he gets a visit from an Adversarial Manifestation, a.k.a. the Devil, capital "D". The book takes off from there, and I won't reveal any plot points, but I will say it made me laugh out loud in several places, and although Billy is a screw up, I came to really like him and appreciate his predicament. The action moves along at a brisk pace, and the twists and turns in the plot are fantastic. Nevertheless, the story holds together well. Pick this one up and you aren't likely to regret it. Can't wait to see what's next from this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bloggers Recommend on March 6, 2014
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Billy Ridgeway is a failed writer until the devil shows up offering to publish him—in exchange for a favor. But if Billy can’t even get his girlfriend to return his calls, how can he possibly face a warlock and save the world? Full of hell wolves and even a higher power, The Weirdness is possibly the most original (and fun) novel of the year. —Jenn Ravey, Bloggers Recommend
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Reed on March 12, 2014
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I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud reading this book. Chock full of fascinating characters and loaded with unexpected twists and turns. This is not your average 'deal with the devil' story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heather Sawyer on March 27, 2014
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So, I read about one novel a week, this is by far my favorite for 2014. Bushnell has an amazing voice that carries throughout the book, not to mention how smart and funny it is. Well worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alec H Koumjian on March 12, 2014
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This was an enjoyable read. Easy to both identify with and be amused by the main character, Billy Rideway. The book almost has the quality of a really good Kevin Smith movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fiction Lover on March 12, 2014
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The Weirdness is funny, engaging, suspenseful, and, yes, just weird enough to be wonderful. Meet Billy, who wakes up one morning to find the devil--charmingly named Lucifer Morningstar--in his living room brewing him some fair-trade coffee. The devil doesn't want Billy's soul, not exactly: he wants Billy to save the world. Read it now before it's made into the inevitable movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Sering on July 2, 2014
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I'm still chuckling from an early scene in the book where the Devil is the only one who laughs at the protagonist's joke with one big haw. Overall, an amusing hipster version of good versus evil and a reminder to write what you know. Or at least what can hold your interest. This one held mine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Truelove on April 13, 2014
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I really enjoyed this read. It's the kind of book that pulls one in and demands to be finished. The story kept me entertained and engaged so that I wasn't thinking ahead, trying to anticipate/spoil any twists before they happened. Trust the book and you'll have a lot of fun.
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