I Heart Oklahoma! (Hardcover)

By Roy Scranton

Soho Press, 9781616959388, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

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Part road-trip saga, part political satire, part tribute to Natural Born Killers. Roy Scranton, controversial and critically-acclaimed, brings us his latest novel: a formally daring, no holds barred deep-dive into present-day America.

Suzie’s seen it all, but now she’s looking for something she lost: a sense of the future. So when the chance comes to work with a maverick video artist on his road movie about Donald Trump’s America, she’s pretty sure it’s a bad idea but she signs up anyway, hoping for an outside shot at starting over.

A provocative, genderqueer, shape-shifting musical romp through the brain-eating nightmare of contemporary America, I Heart Oklahoma! is a book about art, guns, cars, American landscapes, and American history. This kaleidoscopic novel moves from our bleeding-edge present to a furious Faulknerian retelling of the Charlie Starkweather killings in the 1950s, capturing in its fragmented, mesmerizing form the violence at the heart of the American dream

About the Author

Roy Scranton has been a dishwasher, truck driver, phone psychic, caregiver, door-to-door canvasser, telemarketer, soldier, short-order cook, fry cook, and journalist. He is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, the novel War Porn, and the essay collection We’re Doomed. Now What? He has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among other honors, and holds a PhD in English from Princeton. He lives in Indiana, where he teaches at the University of Notre Dame.

Praise For I Heart Oklahoma!

Praise for Roy Scranton

[Scranton] writes clearly and convincingly about the emotional, existential challenges that attracted him to war, and how he was changed by the time he returned home.” 
—The New York Times 

“One of the best and most disturbing war novels in years.” 
—The Wall Street Journal 

“What impresses is the brutal immediacy of the writing, its authority. Roy Scranton is a truth-telling war writer.”
—E.L. Doctorow, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Ragtime and The March

“Roy Scranton’s searingly honest first novel is surreal, ultra-real, and like everything he writes from the heart. This examination of the tragedy of what happened in Iraq reaches out to touch of all us. A brilliant literary achievement.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy

“Powerful, engaging, heartrending, corrosive and unyielding.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

“Roy Scranton is one of the most gifted writers of his generation.”
—Amitav Ghosh