"Evocative of David Foster Wallace... full of death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth."--Julia Holmes, "Rolling Stone" "[A] riotous, gigantic and disturbing debut novel... Levin has filled his pages with modern Poloniuses, masters of digression, and with moments rich in fact and feeling."--Abigail Deutsch, "San Francisco Chronicle" "A hysterical, heartfelt journey of self-discovery... A book that moves beyond completely transparent influences to reach its own distinct, new, great height."--Foster Kamer, "Village Voice" "This is a life-consuming novel, one that demands to be read feverishly. When it is over, other fiction feels insufficient, the newspaper seems irrelevant.... If the ultimate message of modernism was unremitting pessimism... "The Instructions" has given the literary genre its long deferred conclusion: Indeed, a day--or four--can serve as a reminder that death looms large for anything living, but there is lot of life to be lived in the interim."--Michael H. Miller, "New York Observer" ""The Instructions" is addictively quotable, violently funny, insanely intelligent and utterly compelling. Levin's debut novel is unlike anything I've ever read, in the best possible way."--Jill Owens, "The Oregonian" "One of the 21st century's finest literary creations.... From every angle, "The Instructions" fairly screams 'Great American Novel, ' a work of fiction not to be trifled with, an amalgam of a young man's life, thoughts and feelings, culled and stacked and printed to be consumed in miserly dribbles."--Preston Jones, "Fort-Worth Star-Telegram" "After "The Instructions" challenges, charms and betrays you, it might just seduce your soul.... "The Instructions" is disturbing and romantic and ultimately, heartbreaking, and its questions are not easily parsed, even by Gurion's analytic mind. They are the nagging doubts of our own goodness and faith. But it's w
About the Author
Adam Levin's stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's, and Esquire. Winner of the 2003 Tin House/Summer Literary Seminars Fiction Contest and the 2004 Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize, Levin holds an MA in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. His collection of short stories, Hot Pink, will be published by McSweeney's in 2011. He lives in Chicago, where he teaches writing at Columbia College and The School of the Art Institute. He also has a parrot.
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