See You in Paradise: Stories (Paperback)
Graywolf Press, 9781555976934, 236pp.
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
The first substantial collection of short fiction from "a writer with enough electricity to light up the country" (Ann Patchett)
"I guess the things that scare you are the things that are almost normal," observes one narrator in this collection of effervescent and often uncanny stories. Drawing on fifteen years of work, "See You in Paradise" is the fullest expression yet of J. Robert Lennon's distinctive and brilliantly comic take on the pathos and surreality at the heart of American life.
In Lennon's America, a portal to another universe can be discovered with surprising nonchalance in a suburban backyard, adoption almost reaches the level of blood sport, and old pals return from the dead to steal your girlfriend. Sexual dysfunction, suicide, tragic accidents, and career stagnation all create surprising opportunities for unexpected grace in this full-hearted and mischievous depiction of those days (weeks, months, years) we all have when things just don't go quite right.
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“As tightly wound as a great Alfred Hitchcock movie . . . Lennon has executed a literary puzzle, a marvelous trick of the mind.” —Los Angeles Times
“This is an important book, one that reflects the twenty-first-century human’s fragmentary condition in both content and form, told in a manner so thrilling that it achieves an almost magical propulsion. It’s very funny, too.” —The Boston Globe
“A similar approach . . . has also been explored in novels such as Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 or Tom McCarthy’s Remainder, neither of which achieves the unsettling mastery of Lennon’s far shorter and infinitely superior novel.” —The Irish Times
“[An] allusive and mysterious novel . . . one of [Lennon’s] finest.” —The New York Times Book Review