The New World (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Chris Adrian, Eli Horowitz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374221812, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

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Compact Disc (3/26/2019)
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An innovative story of love, decapitation, cryogenics, and memory by two of our most creative literary minds

The New World is the story of a marriage. Dr. Jane Cotton is a pediatric surgeon; her husband, Jim, is a humanist chaplain. They are about to celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary when Jim suddenly collapses and dies. When Jane arrives at the hospital, she is horrified to find that her husband's head has been removed from his body. Only then does she discover that he secretly enrolled with a shadowy cryogenics company called Polaris.
Furious and grieving, Jane fights to reclaim Jim from Polaris. Revived in the future, Jim learns that he must sacrifice every memory of Jane if he wants to stay alive in the new world. Separated by centuries, each of them is challenged to choose between love and fear, intimacy and solitude, life and grief, and each will find an answer to the challenge that is surprising, harrowing, and ultimately beautiful.

About the Author

Chris Adrian is the author of Gob's Grief, The Children's Hospital, A Better Angel, and The Great Night. Selected by The New Yorker as one of their "20 Under 40," he lives in San Francisco, where he is a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology.

Eli Horowitz was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney's. He is the co-author of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of Ping-Pong; and The New World, a collaboration with Chris Adrian, from FSG.

Praise For The New World: A Novel

“Even to describe this book feels like blasphemy but I promise you'll exit agog, overjoyed, transformed.” —Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Sleep Donation

“Jane and Jim have such basic human desires-they want to live, they want to be good-and The New World tracks how these basic pursuits can so quickly turn absurd, sad, and unforeseeably strange. It's a wild and fun book, yes, and also a precipitously imaginative and intelligent one. But maybe most importantly, its humor is profound and seems to come from the heart of an angel.” —Rivka Galchen, author of American Innovations

“I literally couldn't be a bigger fan of Chris Adrian's uniquely compassionate and wildly inventive voice. In The New World, Adrian pairs with Eli Horowitz to create a cryogenically intimate meditation on life and loss, and what it might mean to live forever.” —Nathan Englander, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank