Couch

By Benjamin Parzybok
(Small Beer Press, Paperback, 9781931520546, 256pp.)

Publication Date: November 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2009 Indie Next List
“This funny novel of furniture moving gone awry is a magical realism quest for modern times. Parzybok's touching story explores the aimlessness of our culture, a society of jobs instead of callings, replete with opportunities and choices but without the philosophies and vocations we need to make meaningful decisions.”
-- Josh Cook, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Couch follows the quirky journey of Thom, Erik, and Tree as they venture into the unknown at the behest of a magical, orange couch, which has its own plan for their previously boring lives. Parzybok's colorful characters, striking humor, and eccentric magical realism offer up an adventuresome read.”
-- Christian Crider, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“Simply one of the best, most enjoyable, and most original books I've read in a very, very long time. This novel about a fantastic orange couch is a lyrical story of a heroic quest undertaken by flawed but intrinsically good people. Humorous and glorious, celebratory of the sacred thing that lies inside each (OK, most) of us -- I'm recommending Couch to everyone!”
-- Beth Simpson, Cornerstone Books, Salem, MA


Description

Three guys try to carry a couch across the country.




About the Author

Benjamin Parzybok created a journal published through gumball machines (Gumball Poetry) and a city-wide mystery/treasure hunt (Black Magic Insurance Agency). His previous jobs include: ghostwriter for the Governor of Washington state, web developer, Taiwanese factory technical writer, asbestos removal janitor, potato sorter, and congressional page. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with the writer Laura Moulton and their son.

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