The detectives investigating Alice's suspicious death have plenty of personal experience with conjugal enigmas: Ward Hastroll is happily married until his wife inexplicably becomes voluntarily and militantly bedridden; and Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to the intricacies of marital guilt and innocence, having decades before been convicted and then exonerated of the brutal murder of "his "wife.
Still, these men are in the business of figuring things out, even as Pepin's role in Alice's death grows ever more confounding when they link him to a highly unusual hit man called Mobius. Like the Escher drawings that inspire the computer games David designs for a living, these complex, interlocking dramas are structurally and emotionally intense, subtle, and intriguing; they brilliantly explore the warring impulses of affection and hatred, and pose a host of arresting questions. Is it possible to know anyone fully, "completely"?""Are murder and marriage two sides of the same coin, each endlessly recycling into the other? And what, in the end, is the truth about love?
Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, "Mr. Peanut "is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart--and a first novel of the highest order.
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- Hardback | 335 pages
- 165.1 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
- 22 Jun 2010
- Knopf Publishing Group
- New York, NY, United States
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"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "Sophisticated, surreal and creepy."
"The New Republic" "Of all the novels I read this year, this was the one that I read most eagerly, consuming it in eager gulps, dismissing other obligations."
"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "A formidable literary talent...Finely wrought and challenging."
"Ross--in a brilliant stylistic mirror of marriage--blends dream and reality, fact and perception in a narrative that's both cinematic and lyrical...The book is by turns harrowing, tender and funny." --Nancy Connors, Cleveland "Plain Dealer"
""Mr. Peanut" is full of tricks: shifting narrations, quirky chronology and meta-novels within novels. The effect is disorienting, but the characters are too well drawn to feel like pawns in some game. The result is a deliciously clever book, full of dark insight and even a touch of hope." --"The Economist"
"Fearless, challenging and unforgettable..."Mr. Peanut" is acutely funny and profoundly sad, an unexpected and unsettling journey into the heart of contemporary darkness....[Ross is] a sublimely impertinent new writer." --Steve Whitton, "The Anniston Star" "[A] major work....Stories are told and retold, hinge on one another, depend, and connect. That layering, that subsonic, towering buildup, is how "Mr. Peanut" works, and it is a marvel." --John Timpane, "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"An author whose voice is so distinct and vivid that you truly can't find any comparison [and] a book whose combination of rhythm, language and style are unlike anything else I've ever encountered...a sort of wondrous literary alchemy [that's] laugh-out-loud funny and shrewdly aware of human nature...Read "Mr. Peanut" for its insight into marriage. Read it for the humor. Read it for the thrills. Just read it, please." --Joy Tipping, "The Dallas Morning News"
"An ambitious and well-crafted noir that manages to humanise its characters while
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