Just a Couple of Days (Paperback)

By Tony Vigorito

Harvest Books, 9780156031226, 394pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007



Blip Korterly kicks off a game of graffiti tag on a local overpass by painting a simple phrase: "Uh-oh." An anonymous interlocutor writes back: "When?" Blip slyly answers: "Just a couple of days." But what happens in just a couple of days? Blip is arrested; his friend, Dr. Flake Fountain--a molecular biologist--is drafted into a shadow-government research project conducting experiments on humans. The virus being tested--cleverly called "the Pied Piper"--renders its victims incapable of symbolic capacity; that is, incapable of communication. Is this biological weaponry? What would happen if it were let loose on the world? Does a babbling populace pose a threat or provide an opportunity for social evolution?
This novel's absurd, larger-than-life characters speak in exuberant prose that is as satirical as it is playful, as full of implications as it is full of mirth. It's no wonder Just a Couple of Days has become an underground cult classic. This grassroots phenomenon will reach even more soon-to-be fans in its newly updated Harvest edition-- complete with an excerpt from the author's next book.

Praise For Just a Couple of Days


"A lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"—CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB

"This is the kind of literary enjoyment so many people say you shouldn’t have, and then worry about when you start to draw larger conclusions from . . . I’d go so far as to say that this novel is ‘folk heroic’ and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."—KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of ZANESVILLE

"Like a technologically savvy modern-day Rabelais, Vigorito gives humanity a swift, playful, and long overdue slap on the ass."

-Chris Genoa

"A Dr. Strangelove for the biotech century. Just a Couple of Days is savvy, wickedly funny, and profoundly disturbing. "

-Richard Heinberg

 "Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"
-Christopher Moore

"This novel is "folk heroic" and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."

-Kris Saknussemm

"Irreverent, whimsical. The final apocalyptic vision is a twist not seen since Kurt Vonnegut''s Cat''s Cradle. Recommended."