“A rare thing: brilliant, moving, hilarious, one of the smartest, funniest books I’ve read in ages, as well as one of the most complicated.” —Elizabeth Mccracken
Trophy is a brilliant novel; I can’t think of another book like it, another book that loves its characters so much that it can’t allow them to die, even when one (Vada, the novel’s beautifully written sad sack car washing “hose associate”) has been crushed by a stuffed bear. Trophy is powered by Vada’s desperate attempts to stay alive, and you can’t blame him: you wouldn’t want to die, either, if you were part of this wickedly funny, allusive, word happy, tender novel. think of this book as the best kind of life support; while i was reading it, the world seemed likeamuch more brilliant place, a place worth living in, a place i didn’t want to leave. you won’t want to leave it, either.
— Brock Clarke, author of Exley and AnArsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England
About the Author
Michael Griffith is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of Spikes: A Novel (2001) and Bibliophilia: A Novella and Stories (2003).