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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hauntingly beautiful story...Terry Gilliam would feel right at home directing an adaptation of this." - LITERARY STRANGE DIGEST

"Especially satisfying!" - THE CHICAGO CENTER FOR LITERATURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY

"An extremely entertaining and touching work of fiction from Bizarro author Andersen Prunty, Zerostrata proves to be an amazingly compelling and insightful story about the loss of innocence, and the struggle to regain what was lost." - THE DREAM PEOPLE

"Absolutely beyond belief!" - LANCE CARBUNCLE, author of Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed

"Zerostrata looks at lost dreams and dysfunctional families while providing a most unusual romance inside of a warped re-telling of a classic fairy tale." - The Antibacterial Pope


More About the Author

Andersen Prunty is the author of FU*KNESS and HI I'M A SOCIAL DISEASE, among other books. He lives in Ohio.

Customer Reviews

This short book is one of the most beautiful and unique things I have ever read.
Angie Molinar
The first thing I noticed when I read through Zerostrata was its surprising lack of gruesome violence, a quality that most Bizarro books I've read have had.
A.O. Dali
The whole book really comes across like a big dream... full of that dream-logic that makes sleeping either really fun or really terrifying.
J. Krall

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Krall on November 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the third book by Andersen Prunty I've read. The first was THE OVERWHELMING URGE which I liked despite my general dislike of flash fiction. The second was JACK AND MR. GRIN a Koontz-like suspense tale with enough weirdness and hinted-at perversion to really keep things interesting.

My finances finally allowed me to get another batch of books and one of those was ZEROSTRATA, the third book by the author to be published by Eraserhead Press. I'll be honest that I was not as excited to go into this one only because from what I've heard, it was basically a love story with a positive theme and I guess I like my reading material to be on the darker side of things. Still, since I already liked Prunty's work I knew I had to give it a try because I also heard that it was a deeply personal book.

First, it's well-written so that's always a plus. Second, the plot is very dream-like without being overly weird. It reminded me of that children's book The Petite Prince a little bit. In fact, I'd say this could easily be adapted into a children's story or movie. The theme of "coming home again" is a common one but here it's done in a mysterious yet positive way.

I guess it's the cynic in me that would say that if you don't like love stories or ones about finding that true happiness, then you might want to skip this one in favor of another Prunty book. But even I found it entertaining, funny, and intriguing so even if you are a cynical person, skipping it might be a bad idea because aside from those themes, the situations in this book are unique and funny. At the very least, it's an entertaining page-turner and what else could you want from a book? But it has a lot more heart than most page-turners.

The whole book really comes across like a big dream...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Shaw on July 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Can you go home again? If you do, are you sure that you wanted to? Hansel Nothing returns to his family's depressing home after ten years of doing things that he can't remember. When he meets the girl of his dreams (actually, it's someone else's dream) Hansel is introduced to a world where anything is possible. I adore this story. Simply, it's a story about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. It's also about shedding the past and moving on. Oh, and trampolines. It's also about trampolines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lance Carbuncle on November 19, 2008
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I am a fan of Andersen Prunty's books so it's no surprise that I enjoyed Zerostrata. Mr. Prunty has a knack for telling a whacked out story and making it believable. Some of the more "out there" books that I have read really seem to try too hard to show how bizarre they are and it comes off as forced and detracts from the story. It's as if some authors have to scream it at you, "look at me, I'm crazy and so is my book. My book is so crazy and hard to follow and if you don't get it then you're just a big square." Not so with Mr. Prunty's work. That is where his talent lies. He can tell a story that is absolutely beyond belief, yet the quirky and surreal aspects of Mr. Prunty's writings actually enhance the story. Once again, Andersen Prunty does a fine job of representing the Bizarro movement with Zerostrata.

Lance Carbuncle, author of Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Rose on December 3, 2009
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If Zerostrata was a tea, I would call it "bracing, with a hint of undeniable sweetness." I would drink it on Wednesday mornings at work to make me feel on edge with anticipation of the day to come, and awaken me to the possibilities while simultaneously clearing my sinuses. But Anderson Prunty's Zerostrata is not a tea - it's a book - and a damn good one.

Zerostrata follows the story of Hansel Nothing as he returns to his childhood home in an effort to find himself and give his life some sense of meaning. He has no memory of where he's been for the last decade or so. In a normal story, the plot would quickly become a tiresome cliche in which the focus is getting back lost memories, but in Prunty's capable hands, the story stays firmly planted in the present - a present where a beautiful girl runs naked in the rain and a mysterious therapist named Doctor Blast prescribes a strange series of events that shake Hansel Normal's world up completely.

One of the best things about reading Zerostrata is the juxtaposition of bizarro humor and strange events with a real sweetness. Sure, there are gang members who make the world's most delicious salad from their own flesh, and liquid-like airspace complete with magically mobile trampolines to keep falling victims safe for their therapy, but at its core, Zerostrata seems to be a love story. Not in the traditional sense, but in the sense that once we find the right person, nothing else matters outside of that, no matter how difficult or mundane. There is a beautiful scene which I will not ruin for you involving raindrops toward the end of the book that contains a monologue I may ask Prunty for permission to use in my wedding vows some day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Thorn on October 10, 2009
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i have just finished reading zerostrata - a book written by andersen prunty. it arrived the other night and its plain yellow envelope package earned a few sideways glances from my wife.

i began reading during my lunch break - it's only a small novel of only 150 pages, and so i managed to consume it all bar the final chapter. it was hard to put down - terribly hard.

prunty has a soft, almost sublime style. he doesn't so much leap about his plot as lay it out like a railway line and ask you to follow at your own pace. he's got a definite handle on his dreamlike style, and it's a delight to read from beginning to end. i particularly liked the way he built small peaks of tension only to dismiss them in an almost lighthearted manner. it mirrored the quest for childhood in which all bad things are easily quashed by the positivity and boundless optimism of youth. the fears of such things as being mugged by teenagers, or having one's legs caught in bear traps, could easily be washed away if only you rearrange your expectations for a moment and allow the dream's plot to shift and recognise the fact that, like a fairy tale, it'll all be right in the end...

several odd characters litter the novella, and i felt prunty wasn't trying too hard to be "strange" with his story. he seemed very comfortable in himself and it showed in the reflective story he told.

the treehouse itself was an interesting feature. when the central character, hansel, is introducing us to his treehouse, you can feel all those overwhelming moments of childhood as they rush over and through him. the moment he stands inside the treehouse is, for him, a moment of awakening. it is like everything that has happened before this moment is washed away.
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