Love Warps the Mind a Little

By John Dufresne
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393330953, 315pp.)

Publication Date: January 2008

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Description
Ever since Lafayette Proulx quit his day job, left his wife, hauled his dog and his Royal portable across town to Judi Dubey's house, and set out at last to be a fiction writer, his life has been a sordid mess. Judi's exotically dysfunctional family isn t all to blame. Sure, the murders are disconcerting. And, yes, Judi's father's gone off the deep end. Worse are the vicious rejection letters Laf gets from editors. To top it off, Laf's falling for Judi at the same time he's nettled with guilt, is in marriage counseling with his wife, and is writing his long-hoped-for novel. When Judi is diagnosed with stage IV cancer, they both struggle to find the memory that will comfort, the truth that will redeem in a world where everyone suffers some kind of love disorder. John Dufresne, called a highly readable Faulkner, will once again take the literary world by storm with this new tragicomic tale.



About the Author
John Dufresne is the author of five novels: Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, (both New York Times Notable Books of the Year) Deep in the Shade of Paradise, Requiem, Mass., and No Regrets, Coyote. He also wrote two short story collections: The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, as well as three chapbooks: Lethe, Cupid, Time and Love; Well Enough Alone; and I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window. He has two books on writing and creativity: The Lie That Tells a Truth: a Guide to Writing Fiction and Is Life Like This?: a Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months. John was one of the thirteen authors of the mystery novel, Naked Came the Manatee. His short story The Timing of Unfelt Smiles was included in Miami Noir and in Best American Mystery Stories 2007. Another short story, The Cross-Eyed Bear, was included in Boston Noir and Best American Mystery Stories 2010. John wrote a full-length play, Trailerville, which was produced at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York in 2005.He also wrote the screenplay for the award-winning short film The Freezer Jesus. He co-wrotewrote the screenplay for To Live and Die in Dixie with Don Papy. John was a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.


NPR
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

Author Julia Glass fell for John Dufresne's "funny-sad novel," Love Warps the Mind a Little, despite herself. More at NPR.org

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