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Paperback Vintage Contemporaries Original

By (author) Tao Lin

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 June 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0307950174
  • ISBN 13: 9780307950178
  • Sales rank: 31,394

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A" Slate" Best Book of the Year From one of this generation's most talked about and enigmatic writers comes a deeply personal, powerful, and moving novel about family, relationships, accelerating drug use, and the lingering possibility of death. "Taipei" by Tao Lin is an ode--or lament--to the way we live now. Following Paul from New York, where he comically navigates Manhattan's art and literary scenes, to Taipei, Taiwan, where he confronts his family's roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the internet and blooms into an unexpected wedding in Las Vegas. Along the way--whether on all night drives up the East Coast, shoplifting excursions in the South, book readings on the West Coast, or ill advised grocery runs in Ohio--movies are made with laptop cameras, massive amounts of drugs are ingested, and two young lovers come to learn what it means to share themselves completely. The result is a suspenseful meditation on memory, love, and what it means to be alive, young, and on the fringe in America, or anywhere else for that matter.

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Tao Lin is the author of the novels "Richard Yates" and "Eeeee Eee Eeee," the novella "Shoplifting from American Apparel," the story collection "Bed," and the poetry collections "cognitive-behavioral therapy" and "you are a little bit happier than i am." He is the founder and editor of the literary press Muumuu House. His work has been translated to twelve languages and he lives in Manhattan.

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"[A] deadpan literary trickster."--"The New York Times " "Tao Lin writes from moods that less radical writers would let pass - from laziness, from vacancy, from boredom. And it turns out that his report from these places is moving and necessary, not to mention frequently hilarious." --Miranda July "Lin captures certain qualities of contemporary life better than many writers in part because he dispenses with so much that is expected of current fiction." --"London Review of Books" "[D]eeply smart, funny, and heads-over-heels dedicated."--"New York" Magazine "Do you read Tao Lin and think 'I love this! What is it?' Perhaps it is the curious effect of a radically talented, fecund and tender mind setting down a world sans sense or consequence." --Lore Segal, author of "Shakespeare's Kitchen" "Tao Lin is the most distinctive young writer I've come upon in a long time: the most intrepid, the funniest, the strangest. He's a new voice, and the pleasure of reading his work is a new kind of pleasure." --Brian Morton, author of "Starting Out in the Evening" "[Tao Lin's] relentless, near-autistic focus on the surfaces of social interaction belongs to a literary lineage that includes not just the frequently cited Bret Easton Ellis but also Alain Robbe-Grillet, Rudy Wurlitzer, and Dennis Cooper." --The Village Voice