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Daniel Wallace discusses his new novel, Extraordinary Adventures, with Lori Ostlund.
Praise for Extraordinary Adventures
"A timely reminder of the transformative powers of friendship,this big-hearted story about an unlikely Casanova is the perfect companion forreaders craving adventure on the high seas of suburbia, along with majorlaughs.” ―Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
"Extraordinary Adventures is a terrifically funny novel, populated by terrifically funny, truly human characters. And yet, Daniel Wallace’s humor never feels cruel―even the most damaged characters still seem to have the possibility for love, for change, and for redemptions, big and small. I liked these people, and I liked passing time in this world." ―Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
"A hilarious testimony to our propensity for reinvention, and an affirmation of the possibilities lurking right under our noses. Through the cumulative force of his warmth, wit, and humanity, Wallace manages to transform the ordinary life of poor, guileless Bronfman into an extraordinary adventure." ―Jonathan Evison, author of This Is Your Life Harriet Chance!
About Extraordinary Adventures
Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there’s a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.
The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.
**One of PopSugar's Best 2017 Spring Books for Women**
A large-hearted and optimistic novel, Extraordinary Adventures is the latest from the New York Times bestselling Daniel Wallace.
In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that's what he told his son, William.
The debut novel from award-winning author Lori Ostlund--"smart, resonant, and imbued with beauty" (Publishers Weekly) that "provides considerable pleasure and emotional power" (The New York Times Book Review)--about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a tragicomic road trip deep into the mysteries of his own Midwestern childhood.