9th Ave: Steve Toltz in conversation with Antonia Hayes

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.

 

 

Steve Toltz will talk about Quicksand, his follow-up to the Man Booker Prize shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole, with San Francisco-based novelist Antonia Hayes.

 

 

Praise for Quicksand:

 

"Quicksand crackles with such intensity it made me turn the pages with a harder snap, lean closer, want to gnaw the words. This is a novel of sneak-attack seriousness, so funny it fools you into letting down your guard—then knocks you upside the head with intense intelligence, probing thought, raw pain. For all the wit and wisdom in this book, all the pleasures contained in its raucous, furious, fearless pursuit of truths, the greatest thrill comes when it strikes you that you’ve never read anything quite like it before, that you just might have stumbled—startlingly, unsettlingly—on something close to genius in the writing of Steve Toltz." - Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea

 

“The energy, the hairpin turns, the narrative crashes, the stomach churning ascents and trashed taboos: what a joy to surrender oneself to a writer of such prodigious talent.” - Peter Carey, Booker Prize-winning author of Amnesia

 

“There are more lines of genius on one page of Quicksand than in the entirety of many very respectable novels.” - Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed

 

 

About Quicksand:

 

A daring, brilliant new novel from Man Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz, for fans of Dave Eggers, Martin Amis, and David Foster Wallace: a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy about two lifelong friends.

 

Liam is a struggling writer and a failing cop. Aldo, his best friend and muse, is a haplessly criminal entrepreneur with an uncanny knack for disaster. As Aldo’s luck worsens, Liam is inspired to base his next book on his best friend’s exponential misfortunes and hopeless quest to win back his one great love: his ex-wife, Stella. What begins as an attempt to make sense of Aldo’s mishaps spirals into a profound story of faith and friendship.

 

With the same originality and buoyancy that catapulted his first novel, A Fraction of the Whole, onto prize lists around the world—including shortlists for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award—Steve Toltz has created a rousing, hysterically funny but unapologetically dark satire about fate, faith, friendship, and the artist’s obligation to his muse. Sharp, witty, kinetic, and utterly engrossing, Quicksand is a subversive portrait of twenty-first-century society in all its hypocrisy and absurdity.

 

 

Quicksand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476797823
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 15th, 2015

A daring, brilliant new novel from Man Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz, for fans of Dave Eggers, Martin Amis, and David Foster Wallace: a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy about two lifelong friends.


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ISBN: 9780385521734
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 23rd, 2008

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