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Everyone Says That at the End of the World Paperback – April 2, 2013
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The author of The Book of Harold (2012) once again takes a tongue-in-cheek look at religion in this end-of-the-world tale. The story follows four characters during Earth’s last days: unlikely visionary Milton; his pregnant girlfriend, Rica; self-absorbed TV star Hayden; and a hermit crab named Click. Milton, whose father committed suicide in an attempt to prove the existence of parallel universes, starts to see the same alien creatures his father saw and comes to realize the appearance of these Floaters heralds doom for the planet. The end is coming in the form of a collapsed star, which is due to collide with Earth in four days. As the planet descends into chaos, Milton and Rica, along with Roy—Milton’s best friend and former bandmate from his Christian rock days—set off on a collision course with Hayden, who is fleeing his former hedonistic life, and Click, who is on an epic journey of his own. Though it meanders at times, this sharp-witted satire offers up more than a few laughs. --Kristine Huntley
"The world ends in Austin, Texas, and a multitude of less cool venues, in Egerton’s seriocomic eschatological whimsy A brainy, often riotous, ultimately moving Cat’s Cradle for our time peopled with reluctant seekers of spiritual nourishment who might have stepped from the pages of Flannery O’Connor." Kirkus
"Egerton (The Book of Harold) juggles farce, religious satire, philosophy, and a road trip as a slew of characters converge in a manic quest. A well-traveled hermit crab, 38 mistreated Jesus clones, sleep-deprived monks, and an oft-exchanged prosthetic leg figure into this rollicking madhouse of an apocalypse Egerton is very funny." Library Journal
"People at the coffee shop were actually staring at meI don't think they fully believed that a book could make a person laugh that hard. Egerton has written a expansive novel that is generous enough to cover the end of the world, and the beginning, and a good number of the key points in between, and filled it with warmth, intelligence, wisdom, and humora personal and universal cosmology that made me laugh and think and feel and laugh some more. I think this is a future classic, and people will be reading this book decades from now. I know I will."Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
"In this expansive, funny, touching epicpart travelogue, part quest narrativeEgerton offers up a Texan love letter generous enough to include even the nutria."Amelia Gray, author of Threats