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Trophy: A Novel Hardcover – May 4, 2011

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“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).


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Triquarterly (May 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810152185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810152182
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bob Price on June 17, 2011
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This is an enormously enjoyable novel that also happens to be a stylistic tour de force, a philosophical roller coaster and a deeply moving portrait of a man who comes to true life and understanding while dying absurdly. Plus it's one of the funniest books you'll read.
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