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Preparation for the Next Life (Paperback)
Title: Preparation for the Next Life (A Novel)
1. We three agree: great! This first novel of the lower depths is utterly contemporary and vital writing. Gritty, disturbing, unforgettable...
2. "So much of American fiction American fiction has become playful, cynical, & evasive. [This] is the strong antidote to such inconsequentialites. Powerfully realistic, with a solemn, muscular lyricism, this is a very, very good book." - Joy Williams
3. "Atticus Lish is a true original & this tremendous book, relentless, moving, written in prose of marvelous integrity. Now that America & the novel are dead, I hope we can have more great American novels as alive as this one." - Sam Lipsyte
Highly recommended; but be forewarned that this may be the most unsentimental novel you'll ever read, harshness conveyed in masterful writing.— From Mark
Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness.
About the Author
Atticus Lish: Atticus Lish lives in New York.