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Notable American Women: A Novel

Notable American Women: A Novel

"Ben Marcus is horrible, better burned or slipped into an enemy’s carry-on luggage to be flown far off, far away west. The novel is dead, they say. Ben Marcus wiggles an unwashed hand into the corpse, rearranging organs, thinking he’s funny, ha ha ha.

For fans of metafiction, glossaries, Feelings, Feeling Feelings, Donald Barthelme, Jorge Luis Borges, Catherine Lacey, Samantha Hunt, and unbearable quiet."

Spencer R.

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Author Ben Marcus
Publisher Vintage
Publication Date 2002-03-19
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Spencer R.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780375713781

Ben Marcus achieved cult status and gained the admiration of his peers with his first book, The Age of Wire and String. With Notable American Women he goes well beyond that first achievement to create something radically wonderful, a novel set in a world so fully imagined that it creates its own reality. On a farm in Ohio, American women led by Jane Dark practice all means of behavior modification in an attempt to attain complete stillness and silence. Witnessing (and subjected to) their cultish actions is one Ben Marcus, whose father, Michael Marcus, may be buried in the back yard, and whose mother, Jane Marcus, enthusiastically condones the use of her son for (generally unsuccessful) breeding purposes, among other things. Inventing his own uses for language, the author Ben Marcus has written a harrowing, hilarious, strangely moving, altogether engrossing work of fiction that will be read and argued over for years to come.

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