Preparation for the Next Life (Paperback)

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Bookseller: Mark
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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780991360826
ISBN-10: 0991360826
Publisher: Tyrant Books
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 424
Language: English