New York: Doubleday, 2015. Ben Wiseman (jacket illustration). First Edition (stated), First Printing. Hardcover. Ex-Library - Good. Typical library stamps and marks. Binding tight and square. Text block is clean and unmarked. 14.5 x 22 cm 157 pp. / Good. Library labels and plastic protective covering. Item #12062
A father tries to stave off a nervous breakdown when a family trip to SeaWorld shades into the sinister; a porn critic discovers that, despite his best intentions, his reputation—not to mention the stacks of smut lining his apartment—precedes him; an out-of-work avant-garde stage director begins to test his limits in the theater of life; desperate forgotten comic book characters find themselves suddenly stranded on a desert island.
With his celebrated wit and invention, Lethem brilliantly transforms the real into the surreal, uncovering the absurdity always lurking in the mundane, the twin forces of humor and tragedy that bracket experience, and the lasting desire—even in the face of all that goes awry—for human connection.